Discount Or Incentive (e.g., Coupon, Rebate, Offer, Upsale, Etc.) Patents (Class 705/14.1)
  • Patent number: 10290021
    Abstract: A method for disseminating ads over a communications network is disclosed. The method includes transmitting a plurality of ads to a plurality of terminals, receiving from a terminal a consumer's telephone number/email address/social network handle, a unique ad identifier for a particular ad and a unique terminal identifier, generating and storing a record including the consumer's telephone number/email address/social network handle, the unique ad identifier and the unique terminal identifier, generating a message associated with the particular ad, transmitting to a text message gateway/email server/social network a request to send a message to the consumer's telephone number/email address/social network handle, receiving a request from the consumer's mobile device, accessing the record using the unique record identifier, generating a custom page based on the data from the record, and transmitting the custom page to the consumer's mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Rajesh Saggi
  • Patent number: 10289654
    Abstract: A system and method for creating, sending, receiving, or displaying messages with smart variable expressive text or graphics is described. The method includes providing a user interface for inputting content and specifying an appearance of the content, receiving the content and an appearance control input via the user interface, responsive to the appearance control input, creating a message including the content and formatting information, and sending the message including the content and the formatting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mark Chang, Joy Barlow, Anton Volkov, Matthew Austin, James Buyayo, Jason Cornwell, Debbie Kim, Richard Lo, Johnathon Schlemmer, Christopher Tompkins, Megan Torkildson
  • Patent number: 10284541
    Abstract: A system for generating an enhanced distributed online registry that utilizes an interoperable framework, and machine learning and natural language processing technologies to automatically provide compatible registry items. A persistent secure connection across distributed systems facilitates automatic synchronization of the generated online registry items across the distributed systems and devices accessing those systems. The online registry application processor utilizes machine learning and natural language technologies to generate an acquisition trending model which may be utilized to generate an enhanced distributed online registry that may determine and provide registry items that are compatible with the customer acquisition. Utilizing a persistent bi-directional connection, the online registry application processor may automatically synchronize the enhanced distributed online registry in real time as registry items are added and purchased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Ponnazhakan Subramanian, Satish Chikkaveerappa, Liju Mathews
  • Patent number: 10262338
    Abstract: A client device or an online system determines a position in an interface presented by a client device for presenting content associated with an application installed on the client device based in part on a bid amount associated with the application. Scores are determined for the application and other applications installed on the client device based on an expected amount of user interaction with each application and bid amounts associated with one or more of the applications. Based on a score associated with an application, a position in the interface for presenting content associated with the application is determined. If the determined position satisfies a position specified by the bid amount and content associated with the application is presented in the determined position for at least a threshold amount of time, an online system charges a third party system associated with the application an amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Rajiv Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 10255598
    Abstract: A credit account extraction system is configured to identify account information in credit data associated with a consumer and populate a digital wallet of the consumer with the identified financial card information. The financial card information may then be used by online retailers, for example, to expedite transaction completion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ConsumerInfo.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael John Dean, Mark Joseph Kapczynski
  • Patent number: 10255616
    Abstract: A social networking system captures performance metrics of an offer by selecting a whisper code to include in an offer when presenting the offer to users of the social networking system. The social networking system receives information for providing its users with an offer for redemption at a merchant establishment. The social networking system also receives a set of rules for selecting a whisper code to go with the offer. The rules may be based on any context for which the advertiser or merchant may want to track performance of the offer. When presenting the offer, the social networking system selects a whisper code using those rules. This tracking using different whisper codes enables the merchant to understand the performance of the offer campaign based on the context in which the social networking system presents the offers to its users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Michael Bruich, Frederick Ross Leach
  • Patent number: 10255561
    Abstract: A system, method, and non-transitory computer-readable storage medium to detect absent airline itineraries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Justin Xavier Howe
  • Patent number: 10242378
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods provide incentive-based usage of an audio recognition system. In an aspect, a system is provided that includes a query component configured to receive an audio sample from a device and a recognition component configured to determine an identification of the audio sample. The system further includes a reward component configured to identify a reward associated with the identification of the audio sample, wherein the query component is further configured to provide a query result to the device, the query result comprising the identification of the audio sample and the reward associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Sharifi, Yaniv Bernstein, Dominik Roblek, Annie Chen, Matthew Wiseman
  • Patent number: 10223756
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for controlling the content of an electronic message on an electronic messaging system including a plurality of communities that facilitates the tailoring of the content of a posted electronic message to the interests and/or access privileges of such communities. An electronic lexicon is provided for each community, the lexicon defining content relevant to the community. The electronic message is interpreted for disclosure to a particular community to identify content in the message relating to content in the electronic lexicon of the particular community. The electronic message is redacted based on the identified related content if the electronic message contains content in a form unsuitable for the disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Liam Harpur, Simon P. O'Doherty
  • Patent number: 10223684
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for adding value to a stored value card in excess of the purchase price for the stored value card is provided. In one embodiment a stored value card transaction processor receives an activation or redemption request for a stored value card from a point of sale terminal. The activation or redemption request comprises at least one of a card identification, a point of sale terminal identification, a merchant identification, and an activation time which is compared to data stored in a stored value card datastore to determine if the stored value card to be activated is eligible for a value added award. The processor then determines the value added award and modifies the request to include the value added award. The processor then transmits the modified request to the card issuer authorization system and receives a response which is forwarded to the point of sale terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: BLACKHAWK NETWORK, INC.
    Inventor: Teri Llach
  • Patent number: 10224028
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described herein for placing secondary content into a break of unknown duration in a stream of primary content. In one aspect, the described techniques may include streaming a segment of primary content, for example, by a reduce capability client device, such as a mobile device or tablet. The device may receive information indicative of a break in the streaming of the primary content. The device may play secondary content based on receiving the information indicative of the break. The device may determine when a next segment of the primary content is available, and begin streaming the next segment of the primary content upon detecting that the second segment of the primary content is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Aaron Miller, Jason D. Justman, Lora Clark Bouchard, Michael Ellery Bouchard, Kevin James Cotlove, Mathew Keith Gitchell, Stacia Lynn Haisch, Jonathan David Kersten, Matthew Karl Marchio, Peter Arthur Pulliam, George Allen Smith, Todd Christopher Tibbetts
  • Patent number: 10223701
    Abstract: A system and method for verified monetization. A definition of a commercial campaign is received wherein the definition comprises an identification of an advertiser and an advertisement, at least one trigger condition, at least one monetization condition, at least one verification policy, and at least one monetization action, wherein trigger conditions relate to the occurrence of trigger events, the monetization conditions relate to location data relating to at least one person, verification policies relates to the reliability of the location data, and the monetization actions relates to payments to payees. When an indication of an association between a user and the advertisement is received, the user is associated with the commercial campaign. When the occurrence of trigger events is detected, if the campaigns monetization conditions and verification policies have been satisfied, payees are paid according to the campaign's monetization actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: Simon P King, Marc Eliot Davis, Christopher William Higgins
  • Patent number: 10210345
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system, method, or computer program product for generating communicable linkages that collectively provide a cloud-based dynamic credential selection and implementation system. The system generates a user profile containing user preferences, historic trends, and user resources based on information collected from a user and user associated accounts. The dynamic credential selection and implementation system is triggered by the user signaling the system of a proposed transaction. The system requests updated resource characteristics from resource managers. The user profile, resource characteristics and transaction characteristics are evaluated and ranked by the dynamic credential selection and implementation system before completion of the transaction, which in some embodiments requires user approval of the selected resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Rick A. Beye, Ramitha Jaya Kumar, Yonatan A. Teitz, Vamshi Chilukamari, Ran Bi, Karrin A. Russo
  • Patent number: 10198525
    Abstract: A system, a method, and a computer program product for providing an asset intelligence network to maintain information about various assets are provided. At least one server generates a first information based on a first data received from at least one first party using at least one template. The server uses the template to generate a second information based on a second data received from at least one second party. The second data is related to the first data. Based on the template, the server creates a uniform record containing a combination of the first information and the second information, and stores the created uniform record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Matthew Easlea, Markus Krabel, Dean Fitt, Stephan Bantlin, Dirk Kempf, Frank Barthel, Martine Clemot, John Harrison, Clarissa Goetz, Juergen Eisele
  • Patent number: 10198754
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for adding at least one advertisement to a personal communication and providing additional communication data to a recipient that interacts with the advertisement. A sender network device communicates with an advertising application operating on a Web site to generate a personal communication containing at least one advertisement, where the at least one advertisement is selected from a palette of advertisements. In one embodiment of the present invention, the sender has control over advertisements that are displayed together with the personal communication by allowing the sender to delete (or remove) an advertisement from either the at least one advertisement or the palette of advertisements. If a displayed advertisement is interactive, and the advertisement is interacted with, the advertising application will provide the recipient with additional communication data in a format that can be understood by the recipient network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Richard A Rothschild
  • Patent number: 10192243
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product are disclosed to improve selection of promotion pricing parameters. The method may determine one or more promotion pricing parameters for a promotion that is offered by a promotion and marketing service. The method includes generating one or more predictive models based on historical promotion performance data and generating a revenue equation using the one or more predictive models. The revenue equation provides an estimate of a revenue received by the promotion and marketing service based on the one or more predictive models. The method further includes determining an estimated revenue using the revenue equation based on one or more input sets of promotion pricing parameters provided as input to the revenue equation, and selecting at least one of the input sets of promotion pricing parameters for the promotion based on the estimated revenue. A corresponding apparatus and computer program product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Latife Genc-Kaya, Kamson Lai, Francisco Jose Larrain Wicha, Gaston L'Huillier
  • Patent number: 10192233
    Abstract: A system and method for media trade-in exchange. The apparatus comprises a kiosk that allows a user to provide a plurality of media items to the kiosk for verification and analysis and then calculate the exchange redemption value. The exchange redemption value is calculated based on the physical damage of a media item, the included media item packaging, the included media item documentation, and the authenticity of the media item. The user may then choose to receive the redemption value in a plurality of options comprised of cash, debit, store credit, reward points, gift card, eCodes, or may alternatively, decline to accept the redemption value offer and have the media item returned to them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Arch Holdings, LP
    Inventor: James Robert Curtis
  • Patent number: 10185966
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein may enable a user to add an incentive displayed along with content on a networked television to a digital wallet associated with the user. The user may be capable of selecting the displayed incentive using a remote control in communication with the networked television, or using their mobile device which may be in direct communication with the networked television, or in communication with the networked television over a network. When the user selects the displayed incentive for storage in a digital wallet, the user may be prompted to authenticate to a provider associated with the digital wallet, wherein the authentication may be performed through the networked television using the remote control. The incentive may then be added to the user's digital wallet and may be used or applied when the user performs a transaction using the digital wallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Wenger, Prashant Jamkhedkar
  • Patent number: 10185777
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to systems and methods for merging versions and activities associated with a file into a history feed and displaying the history feed on a user interface of a client computing device. In one aspect, a file is identified and activities associated with the file are also identified. It may be determined whether the file has at least one activity. When it is determined that the file has at least one activity, at least one actionable history element for the at least one activity is generated. Additionally, the generated history elements are merged to generate a history feed. The history feed is displayed on a user interface. The history feed may be displayed with an application that has opened the file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Lane Milvaney, Maura FitzGerald, Joshua Jones, Matt McNeill, Manoj Sharma, Lidiane Jones
  • Patent number: 10176488
    Abstract: Sensitivity to incentive changes of survey participant may be computed and analyzed. Participants and one or more attributes associated with the participants may be identified. The participants may be clustered into one or more clusters according to the one or more attributes. An incentive amount to be given to a participant in a cluster of said one or more clusters may be perturbed by performing random perturbation computation. The incentive may be distributed to the participant. One or more responses of the participant may be monitored. Individual incentive sensitivity representing incentive sensitivity of responsiveness of the participant per incentive change may be computed based on the monitoring. Incentive amount computation may be dynamically adjusted responsive to determining that the individual incentive sensitivity changed by a predefined criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tian-Jy Chao, Younghun Kim
  • Patent number: 10176496
    Abstract: Audience segmentation can be based on a viewing angle of a user viewing a video of a multi-angle viewing environment. During playback, a sequence of the user-controlled viewing angles of the video are recorded. The sequence represents the viewing angle of the user at a given point in time. Based on the sequences of several users, a predominant sequence of viewing angles of the video is determined. One or more audience segment tags are assigned to the predominant sequence of viewing angles. During subsequent playbacks of the video, the sequence(s) of user-controlled viewing angles of the video are recorded. The recorded sequence(s) of the subsequent user(s) are compared to the predominant sequence of viewing angles of the video, and the subsequent user(s) are assigned to an audience segment based on the comparison and the corresponding audience segment tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Ashish Duggal, Niraj Gupta, Piyush Gupta, Raman Gupta
  • Patent number: 10170108
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described herein for placing secondary content into a break of unknown duration in a stream of primary content. In one aspect, the described techniques may include streaming a segment of primary content, for example, by a reduce capability client device, such as a mobile device or tablet. The device may receive information indicative of a break in the streaming of the primary content. The device may play secondary content based on receiving the information indicative of the break. The device may determine when a next segment of the primary content is available, and begin streaming the next segment of the primary content upon detecting that the second segment of the primary content is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Aaron Miller, Jason D. Justman, Lora Clark Bouchard, Michael Ellery Bouchard, Kevin James Cotlove, Mathew Keith Gitchell, Stacia Lynn Haisch, Jonathan David Kersten, Matthew Karl Marchio, Peter Arthur Pulliam, George Allen Smith, Todd Christopher Tibbetts
  • Patent number: 10169793
    Abstract: A method, a computer program product, and a computer system for determining buying online and picking up in store. A computer receives from a shopper a request for buying online and picking up in store. The computer parses stores carrying an item purchased online and connections of the shopper in a social network. The computer provides the shopper with a list of one or more connections for picking up the item for the shopper. The computer sends to one of the one or more connections a token for picking up the item and information of a store where the item is picked up, after the shopper chooses the one of the one or more connections for picking up the item. The computer sends to the shopper a notification, after the item is picked up by the one of the one or more connections for picking up the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jialin Li, Pradeep K. Nanjundaswamy, Leho Nigul
  • Patent number: 10140623
    Abstract: A service provider may receive merchant analytics information from a plurality of merchant devices. In some examples, the service provider may generate a model based at least in part on the merchant analytics information, the model including a core set of features for predicting a merchant metric associated with a merchant. The service provider may detect a lift in an observed value of the merchant metric based at least in part on a residual value of the merchant metric at a location of the lift, and add an additional feature to the model to cause a predicted value of the merchant metric to correspond to the observed value of the merchant metric at the location of the lift. The service provider may further send information associated with the feature to a merchant device associated with the merchant. As an example, the information may include a prediction for the merchant metric and/or a recommendation for improving the business of the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Levon J. Lloyd, Nader Al-Naji, Matthew Ivor Lloyd
  • Patent number: 10136187
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for presenting a suggestion to watch videos are provided. In accordance with some embodiments, a method for presenting a suggestion to watch videos is provided, the method comprising: receiving, from a user device, a message that includes a link to a video; determining whether the link has been selected; in response to determining that the link has not been selected, determining a probability value that indicates a likelihood that a user associated with the user device would be interested in viewing the video; in response to determining that the probability value is greater than a predetermined threshold value, determining a time to suggest that the user view the video based at least in part on information relating to movement of the user device; and causing a suggestion to view the video to be presented in a suggestion interface on the user device at the determined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Courtney Hampson, Jason Robert Richard Sanio
  • Patent number: 10114999
    Abstract: Embodiments include technologies for applying dynamic occlusions to barcodes, which include determining a dynamic occlusion to be applied to a barcode, generating an object for displaying a series of images of the barcode with the dynamic occlusion, where the barcode is to be scannable at least once based on the series of images to be displayed, and providing the object for access by the mobile device. In specific embodiments, the dynamic occlusion includes a modification to a first portion of the barcode to create a first image of a modified barcode. In further specific embodiments, the object, when displayed for a first time period, is to render the first image of the modified barcode for at least a first interval occurring within the first time period. The first portion of the barcode is unscannable during the first interval and is at least partially scannable during one or more other intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Koupon Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Burke, Brian Alexander Reinhart
  • Patent number: 10116612
    Abstract: A referrer device configured to perform operations such as detecting an electronic request to provide information from an information source to a contact communication device. The contact data for a contact associated with the contact communication device is accessible by the referrer device. However, the contact data is not accessible by the information source. The operations can further include encoding a referral container file with programming instructions configured to, upon execution by a processor of the contact communication device, cause the contact communication device to electronically request the information from the information source via a communications network without providing the contact data to the information source. The operations can further include embedding the referral container file in an electronic message and transmitting, via a network communication interface of the referrer device, the electronic message to the contact communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: James F. Kramer, Paul C. Ning
  • Patent number: 10110612
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for managing a user's contact data which use evolving sequential sets of rules where the applicability of each set depends upon adherence or proper application of a prior set. In an embodiment, an initial set of restrictions are generated based on input from a first user, the restrictions relating to contact made by a second user to the first user. These initial restrictions are subsequently modified in response to the second user contacting the first user based on the contact made and a characteristic of the contact. The methods may apply to any form of contact between the first and second users and in an embodiment applies to contact made by the second user to a cellular telephone number belonging to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kenton Paul Anthony O'Hara, Michael Anthony Massimi, Matthew Kay, Richard Harper, James William Scott
  • Patent number: 10089533
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for using video fingerprinting to detect depiction of one or more objects of interest in video data. An object of interest may first be identified in one or more frames of video data. A system may then create a digital video fingerprint representing the one or more frames in which the object is depicted. A potentially large amount of subsequent video data may then be received or retrieved, and the system may determine that the object appears in a portion of the subsequent video data based at least in part by identifying that the digital video fingerprint at least substantially matches a portion of the subsequent video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: GumGum, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Benjamin Katz, Cambron Neil Carter, Brian Jongmin Kim
  • Patent number: 10083464
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present disclosure allow associating rendered third-party content to respective conversions. A data processing system can provide a third-party content item for rendering on a first client computing device and store information indicative of such rendering. The data processing system can detect a realization action associated with a second client computing device and correlating the realization action with the rendering of the third-party content item based on the stored information indicative of the rendering. The data processing system can then update a realization action parameter associated with the third-party content item in response to correlating the realization action with the rendering of the third-party content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Adam Ruxton, Elizabeth Ariel Van Alstine
  • Patent number: 10083474
    Abstract: A network-based service may be provided for facilitating queries for a number of items, such as travel services. A user may submit a query including criteria for determining relevant items. The network-based service may be configured to generate opaque search results in response to queries, revealing sufficient detail to allow the user to confirm the relevance of the travel item, but insufficient detail to disclose the identity of the supplier. Based on the submitted query or other information, the network-based service may associate a persona with the user, such as the persona of a business or leisure traveler. The network-based service may use the persona to determine a travel item or items best suited to the user, by identifying the travel item attributes that correlate positively with preferences of the persona. The network-based service may then generate an opaque search result that reveals travel item attributes desired by the persona.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Expedia, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew James Knight
  • Patent number: 10078804
    Abstract: Customer management for an establishment involves operating a server that hosts system software and interacts with various computing devices over internet and wireless network gateway connections. The server communicates with devices at the establishment and customer computing devices in real-time, providing system performance updates, text messaging communications to the customer regarding table availability and marketing information and synchronizing the information communicated within the system. A computer user interface at the establishment communicates with the server and allows an establishment host to capture and transmit customer information to the server and make of the server processing requests that can include sending text message alert notifications to a customer mobile device informing of an available table and providing marketing messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: HEARTLAND PAYMENT SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Bergen Jantz, Russel Hempel
  • Patent number: 10074128
    Abstract: An onboard computing device of autonomous vehicle interacts with computers utilized by one or more merchants to enable users to pre-purchase items from the one or more merchants while en route to a destination. Merchant computing devices may employ dynamic promotions to incent the user to prep-purchase items and to reroute to a destination of the respective merchant. Once a user pre-purchases an item from a merchant, the merchant may prepare the item for the user's arrival by, for example, prepackaging the item, or manufacturing or assembling the item, while the customer is en route (i.e., before the user's autonomous vehicle arrives at the destination). The merchant computing device may send a pre-purchase confirmation to the onboard computing device of the user, which may indicate where the user's autonomous vehicle should park and/or where the pre-purchased items are being held for pick up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Shay C. Colson, David A. Divine
  • Patent number: 10075765
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for detecting user engagement with auxiliary content consumed by a user at a viewing device, the method comprising, at the viewing device generating requests for auxiliary content associated with media content selected by the user to be consumed; receiving auxiliary content from an auxiliary content store and playing out the auxiliary content to the user; displaying at least one user engagement element associated with the auxiliary content, the user engagement element defining an expected user activity; generating user engagement data based on the engagement of a user with the user engagement element in accordance with the expected user activity, and formulating a message to be transmitted to an auxiliary content controller, the messaging including a user identifier and the user engagement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Piksel, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Antony Shaw, Hans-Jurgen Maas
  • Patent number: 10068244
    Abstract: A wireless device is enabled to process a transaction. In one implementation, the wireless device receives card data for a plurality of financial account cards and stores the card data in memory associated with the wireless device. The wireless device determines merchant information for the transaction and determines rewards benefit information for at least some of the plurality of financial account cards. The wireless device provides a suggestion of at least one of the plurality of financial account cards to use in the transaction based on the determined rewards benefit information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Loomis
  • Patent number: 10055782
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure generally set forth a two-way touch screen based communication system. One example method may include receiving an order for an item from a first touch screen device via a first network, wherein the order is associated with a first identification for a merchant, a second identification for the customer, and a negotiable parameter reflective of a preference of the customer. The method may also include making available the order for a second touch screen device of the merchant to retrieve via a second network and to display and prior to completing processing of the order, transmitting a first response to the preference of the customer to the first touch screen device via the first network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: THE USUAL, INC.
    Inventor: Andy Lam
  • Patent number: 10055725
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are provided for in-store payments. A customer identifier and a point-of-sale identifier may be received. A user payment account may be determined based on the customer identifier. The user payment account may be associated with a customer identified by the customer identifier. Transaction data may be received for a transaction for the customer created using the point-of-sale card at a point-of-sale computing device. The transaction data may include a purchase total. The transaction may be authorized. The point-of-sale card may not always be active. The point-of-sale card associated with the point-of-sale identifier may be activated after the user payment account based on the customer identifier is determined. The point-of-sale card may be deactivated after the transaction is authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Sprecher
  • Patent number: 10051103
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided to: receive, utilizing the touchscreen, an indication of a second touch input for trace path-based selection of a first photo of a second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid; in response to the receipt of the indication of the second touch input for trace path-based selection of the first photo of the second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid, cause selection of the first photo of the second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid, change at least one visual aspect of the first photo of the second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid, add a check mark icon to the first photo of the second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid; receive, utilizing the touchscreen, an indication of a continuation of the second touch input for trace path-based selection of a second photo of the second set of multiple of the plurality of photos in the grid; and in response to the rece
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Majen Tech, LLC
    Inventors: George Andrew Gordon, Joseph A Cerrato, Ronald A Johnston, Kevin J Zilka
  • Patent number: 10043213
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the disclosed technology include systems and methods for increasing efficiency in the detection of identity-based fraud indicators associated with a loan application. A method is provided that includes receiving applicant data associated with a loan application having a plurality of applicants. The application data includes at least a name, a social security number, and a street address for each of the plurality of applicants. The method includes querying one or more databases with the applicant data; receiving a plurality of independent information in response to the querying; determining a validity indication of the applicant data; creating disambiguated applicant records; determining relationships among the disambiguated applicant records; scoring at least one parameter of the applicant data; determining one or more indicators of fraud based on the scoring; and outputting, for display, one or more indicators of fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: LexisNexis Risk Solutions FL Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Straub, Samantha Gwinn, Cindy Loizzo, Alex Woo Song, Marlene Thorogood, Cheri Gay Nevin, Eric Piner
  • Patent number: 10037551
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for sorting seller listings or advertisements of a seller network. In one embodiment, a method includes: determining an indicator of potential revenue for a first party from price information of a list of entities, wherein revenue generated according to the price information of at least some of the list of entities is to be split among a plurality of parties; and, sorting the list of entities into a first list based at least partially on the indicator of potential revenue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: YELLOWPAGES.COM LLC
    Inventors: Kelvin Ho, Ron Hirson, Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber
  • Patent number: 10033672
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method is provided, comprising: creating at least a portion of an instant messaging application that is configured to cooperate with an apparatus, the instant messaging application, when executed, configured to cause a device to: display an instant messaging interface including a communicant message user interface element and a send user interface element, and receive, from the apparatus and utilizing a communications agent on the device configured to receive incoming messages addressed to a communicant identifier associated with a user of the instant messaging application, one or more user interface elements including a first button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Sitting Man, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Paul Morris
  • Patent number: 10026406
    Abstract: A vehicle of outputting a sound using a difference between a human's audible frequency and a pet's audible frequency, and a method of controlling the vehicle are provided. The vehicle includes a sound processor that is configured to tune and mix a sound and a sound controller that is configured to determine a sound being output as one of a first sound having a frequency within a human's audible frequency range and a second sound having a frequency beyond the human's audible frequency range. When a command for reproducing another sound other than the determined sound is received, the sound processor is configured to mix the determined sound with the other sound corresponding to the command and a speaker is then configured to output the mixed sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Seok Min Oh
  • Patent number: 10025807
    Abstract: Acquiring dynamic data is disclosed including extracting a search term from a search request string that is received, looking up the search term in a threshold value dictionary to acquire a dynamic threshold score corresponding to the search term, using the search term as a query condition and the dynamic threshold score corresponding to the search term as a filter condition to acquire, in an index data table, one or more corresponding pieces of index information, acquiring data information corresponding to the search term based on the index information in the index data table, and sending the data information to be displayed in a page of a website. The dynamic threshold score varies based on a characteristic factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventors: Linfeng Zhang, Peng Huang, Xipu Wang, Wenbin Zheng
  • Patent number: 10019735
    Abstract: An advertisement distribution apparatus according to an embodiment includes a user information table, a determining unit, a request unit, and a distribution unit. The user information table stores user information about a user. When the advertisement distribution apparatus is accessed by a user terminal, the determining unit determines whether the user information of the user of the user terminal has been stored in the user information table. When the determining unit determines that the user information has not been stored in the storage unit, the request unit requests an information provision apparatus to transmit the user information. When the determining unit determines that the user information has not been stored in the storage unit, the distribution unit distributes advertisement content to the user terminal using the user information which is acquired from the information provision apparatus by the request unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Tajima, Koji Tsukamoto, Hidehito Gomi, Hiroshi Nishikawa, Taisuke Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10021458
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for providing interactive electronic commerce functionality via graphical overlays on live streaming video. An indication is received that an item is featured or discussed in a live video stream. The live video stream is sent to a client. Data encoding a selectable graphical overlay is sent to the client in response to the indication. The selectable graphical overlay is configured to be rendered by the client relative to the live video stream. A selection of the selectable graphical overlay is configured to perform an interactive function relative to the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Amber Autrey Taylor, Steven Kessel, Daniel Thomas Mellott, Brent Robert Mills, Liza Marie Walsh
  • Patent number: 10019750
    Abstract: A method of providing coupons for shopping includes storing a shopping list in an electronic device including items for purchase via a merchant, storing electronic representations of coupons in the electronic device and associating the electronic representations of coupons with items included in the shopping list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert S. McIntosh
  • Patent number: 10002357
    Abstract: Techniques for presenting venue based services in a WLAN environment are provided. Specifically, methods that when taken alone or together, provide a device or group of devices with an efficient way of accessing venue based applications and advertisements while reducing application pollution. The present disclosure includes a system that provides a user with automatic network and application discovery while in the vicinity of a venue. If the system detects that the application is not installed in the wireless device, the venue specific application is presented to the user for download and install. The system can also recognize a user's preferences and tailor the application and advertisement provided accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Necati Canpolat, Vivek Gupta
  • Patent number: 9990643
    Abstract: In one aspect, a computing apparatus is configured to: store transaction data recording transactions processed by a transaction handler; organize third party data according to community, where the third party data includes first data received from a first plurality of entities of a first community and second data received from a second plurality of entities of a second community; and responsive to a request from a merchant in the second community, present an offer of the merchant in the second community to users identified via the transaction data and the first data received from the first plurality of entities of the first community. In one embodiment, the first data provides permission from the merchant in the first community to allow the merchant in the second community to use intelligence information of the first community to identify users for targeting offers from the merchant in the second community.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Jeanette Yoder, Leigh Amaro, Ryan Hagey, Michael Steven Bankston
  • Patent number: 9984381
    Abstract: A system detects and manages customer interactions with a product being presented at a physical location. A customer tracking device detects a customer within a predefined distance of a product during a first time period. A product motion sensor detects a movement of the product while the customer is within the predefined distance of the product during the first time period. One or more processors identify and record a first price of the product during the first time period. The customer tracking device further detects the customer within the predefined distance of the product during a second time period. One or more processors further determine a second price of the product during the second time period, and then determine a lower price of the product by comparing the first price with the second price. A price transmitter transmits the lower price to the customer during the second time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Burkhart, Michael P. Carlson, Theodore J. L. Shrader
  • Patent number: 9972027
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to measure the effectiveness of viewing resources, such as web-based advertisements or web pages, on electronic devices in causing transaction activity to subsequently occur at a physical location associated with the resources. A first set of data records is provided that includes a uniform resource identifier (URI) of a resource that was viewed by an electronic device, one or more physical locations, each physical location representing a physical location of the merchant associated with the URI, a date/time that the resource was viewed by the electronic device, and payment instrument indicia regarding a payment instrument which has been used for completion of a previous web-based transaction by an electronic device having the same UDID that viewed the URI of the resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: VSK Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Silvio Tavares