Discount Or Incentive (e.g., Coupon, Rebate, Offer, Upsale, Etc.) Patents (Class 705/14.1)
  • Patent number: 11023916
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bonus accumulation system comprising: a payment terminal device which is installed in a business branch and transmits/receives, to/from a payment approval company, a commercial transaction approval request and commercial transaction approval confirmation; a near field communication (NFC) terminal device having an NFC function, which directly receives final payment approval data from the payment terminal device, using a serial communication module of the payment terminal device, and calculates bonus data; and a user terminal device for receiving the calculated bonus data from the NFC terminal device through NFC, and sending a request for an approval of the received bonus data to a bonus server and receiving the approval through a mobile communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Seong-Kil Kim
  • Patent number: 11023914
    Abstract: A system and methods to mutually satisfy a consumer with a discount and a vendor with a minimum number of sales by establishing a tipping point associated with an offer for a good or service. If the tipping point is met, the sale of the good or service is executed and the consumer is charged and receives an indication of the discounted sale, such as a certificate. If the tipping point is not met, the discount offer is abandoned and the consumer is not charged. Once the tipping point is established, the vendor receives a payment, even before the consumer uses the certificate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Mason
  • Patent number: 11019046
    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: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Ponnazhakan Subramanian, Satish Chikkaveerappa, Liju Mathews
  • Patent number: 11017452
    Abstract: A method, system and computer readable medium for performing a purchase prediction operation. The purchase prediction operation includes: selecting a target purchaser, the purchase prediction operation providing a purchase prediction for the target purchaser; capturing a product term associated with a most recent purchase period of the target purchaser; performing a sequential recommendation operation, the sequential recommendation operation providing a sequence recommendation score; and, generating a purchase pattern prediction for the target user based upon the sequential recommendation score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ramakanth Kanagovi, Arnab Chowdhury, Sumant Sahoo
  • Patent number: 11017420
    Abstract: A method and system for processing shopping information. The shopping information, which pertains to an item purchased by a user, is read from a mobile device, and was scanned by the mobile device from an item tag attached to the item. The item relates to another user. A set of affiliates is determined from analysis of the shopping information. Each affiliate is entitled to receive a reward due to purchase of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Aihara, Noboru Kamijo, Kazumasa Ochiai, Hidekazu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 11010791
    Abstract: A targeted advertisement system may include influencer computers each associated with a respective content influencer and configured to receive respective influencer content associated with a given product for purchase. The targeted advertisement system may also include a remote server coupled to each of the influencer computers. The remote server may be configured to obtain purchaser data associated with a plurality of purchasers and generate targeted advertisement content based upon the influencer content. The remote server may also be configured to send the targeted advertisement content to respective purchaser computers of the corresponding purchasers along with an associated digital promotion and based upon the purchaser data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: INMAR CLEARING, INC.
    Inventors: Ali Mirian, Jacob Snelson
  • Patent number: 10997598
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to techniques for automated and adaptive cloud security management. Embodiments provide for, at an electronic device configured to interface with a cloud computing environment, initiating one or more transactions in the cloud computing environment using a first identifier to cause a first service of the cloud computing environment to generate a first set of data including the first identifier and a second identifier, and a second service of the cloud computing environment to generate a second set of data including a third identifier and a fourth identifier. Embodiments also provide for automatically determining whether the first identifier corresponds to the third identifier, and, in accordance with a determination that the first identifier corresponds to the third identifier, associating the second identifier and the fourth identifier to generate a linkage between the first and second services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SecureSky, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Hrabik
  • Patent number: 10991043
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for communicating and processing market data. The market data may comprise quotes, orders, trades and/or statistics. A messaging structure allows for adding, re-ordering and/or expanding data, within the printable character set of any language. One or more delimiters are defined and used to delimit data elements within the message structure. The data is interpreted based on templates which may be disseminated prior to the sending of messages and used as an abstraction so that the meaning of data need not be conveyed in the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Newell, Vijay Menon, Fred Malabre, Joe Lobraco, Jim Northey
  • Patent number: 10984455
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product are disclosed to improve generation of electronic communications. The method may include providing a plurality of content slots each configured to receive content. The method may also include maintaining a database comprising a plurality of content generators, and determining, using a processor, one of the plurality of content generators for providing content to each of the plurality of content slots. The determining the one of the plurality of promotion content generators or non-promotion content generators may include providing a first content generator of the plurality of content generators with a set of selection parameters, and receiving a first bid for one of the plurality of content slots from the first content generator. The first content generator may determine the bid based at least in part on the set of selection parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Ayars, Ruslan Gilfanov, Jeffrey A. Holden, John Mark Nickels, Pete Prokopowicz, Daniel M. Roarty, David Thacker
  • Patent number: 10977673
    Abstract: A demand rule can handle simultaneous retail purchasing options available to users such as brick and mortar, online, mobile, catalog, kiosk, coupon, loyalty, volume discounts, and multiples. The method can include a demand rule for each single purchasing option, a rule for marketing influence, and a rule for partitioning user demand across purchasing options. The demand rule for each single purchasing option, rule for marketing influence, and rule for partitioning user demand across purchasing options can each be measured independently to enable computationally efficient methods for forecasting and sales optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Clear Demand, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam N. Rosenberg, Brian W. Bell, James A. Sills
  • Patent number: 10977681
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a pricing application. Customer interest in unpurchased items is determined by a browsing history of a customer. A notification is communicated to a merchant of the item soliciting an offer for the item to be communicated to the customer. The offer is then communicated to the customer for redemption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaurav Gupta, Aman Bindal, Vivek Chawda, Saket Saurabh
  • Patent number: 10977669
    Abstract: A service provider may obtain information about a plurality of items offered for acquisition by a merchant. The service provider may identify one or more items of the plurality of items that are the same as one or more respective items included in a catalog of items associated with the service provider. The items included in the catalog of items may be available for acquisition via the service provider. Additionally, the service provider may communicate with the merchant to offer services in relation to the items included in the service provider catalog of items that match the items offered by the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gustavo Eduardo Lopez, Michael Martin George
  • Patent number: 10970731
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for personalized product communication, conversion, and retargeting. In some embodiments, the disclosure is directed to systems and methods that allows users to capture product-specific purchase intent by sending a cellular message containing a picture of a product tag, receiving that product's internet URL in reply via cellular message, and receiving later promotions related to that product from a retailer via cellular messages. In some embodiments, the present inventions allows the unique capability to capture and convert in-store interest with product specific promotions and conversions in a way not previously utilized in the retail space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HAFTA HAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Amanda Latifi, Nickolay Tyschenko
  • Patent number: 10973009
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of communications technologies, and in particular, to a CSI reporting method, a CSI receiving method, and an apparatus, to resolve a technical problem that PUCCH resource overheads are relatively large during CSI reporting. In embodiments of the present invention, at least two PUCCH resources are configured for each downlink carrier group. CSI that needs to be reported in one uplink subframe may be obtained, and a format of a corresponding PUCCH resource is determined according to the to-be-reported CSI. For example, the determined format is referred to as a first format. Then, all of the to-be-reported CSI is reported after being added to a first first-format PUCCH resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yongxia Lyu
  • Patent number: 10963921
    Abstract: An online system receives information describing actions performed by individuals and identifies online system users included among these individuals. Based on the actions they have performed, the users are assigned to sequentially ordered stages of a classification scheme associated with a content-providing user of the online system. The online system receives content items associated with different stages from the content-providing user, in which content items associated with a stage may be presented to users assigned to the stage. The online system may determine an expected return value associated with each stage and an expected advancement value associated with advancement of users assigned to each stage to succeeding stages of the classification scheme. The online system also may determine a value associated with a content item based on a comprehensive value received from the content-providing user, the expected advancement value, and a predicted likelihood of user advancement to a succeeding stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Rituraj Kirti, David Wood Kaufman, Aram Grigoryan
  • Patent number: 10957002
    Abstract: Various methods, systems, and computer program products are disclosed for communicating location-based digital components to a mobile and other devices. A natural language processor component can parse an input audio signal to identify a request and a keyword. A content selector can select digital components based on keyword and request. An audio signal generator component can generate an output signal that includes a selected digital components. An interface can transmit the output signal to cause a client computing device to drive a speaker to generate an acoustic wave corresponding to the output signal prior to occurrence of at least one of the first action and the second action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Surojit Chatterjee, Terry Van Belle, Anshul Kothari, Jian Zhou, Paul Feng, Ravi Jain, Nandita Narasimha Prabhu, Yun Huang, Gaurav Bhaya, Robert Stets
  • Patent number: 10956920
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method may include predicting a first marketing indicator using a first module of an aggregate model; comparing the predicted first marketing indicator with a measured first marketing indicator; and based on the comparison of the predicted first marketing indicator with the measured first marketing indicator, adjusting the first module of the aggregate model. Additionally, the method may include predicting a second marketing indicator using a second module of the aggregate model; comparing the predicted second marketing indicator with a measured second marketing indicator; and based on the comparison of the predicted second marketing indicator with the measured second marketing indicator, adjusting the second module of the aggregate model. Further, the method may include determining a bid value based on the aggregate model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Manion, Jie Shen, Edmond Truong, Meng Sun
  • Patent number: 10946759
    Abstract: A plurality of charging stations and a plurality of commercial facilities where a user of a vehicle can stay during charging in one of the plurality of charging stations are provided. An information providing method for the vehicle includes: causing a charging server to select a plurality of candidates from among the plurality of charging stations in accordance with location information about each of the vehicle and the plurality of commercial facilities; causing the charging server to provide a car navigation device with information showing the plurality of candidates selected; causing the server to deliver an advertisement for a commercial facility associated with each of the plurality of candidates selected; and causing the charging server to receive information about a candidate selected with the car navigation device from among the plurality of candidates by the user referring to the advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Sakuma, Shuhei Yamamoto, Munehiro Kamiya, Hideo Hasegawa, Shinji Kurachi, Tomoya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10943270
    Abstract: A method for processing ads involves traversing an ad view hierarchy to obtain ad view information for a device, providing the ad view information to an ad server, sending, by the device, an ad request to the ad server, receiving, in response to the ad request, an ad. and displaying the ad on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Twitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabor Cselle, Nassar Stoertz, Tural Badirkhanli, Carl Joseph Blubaugh
  • Patent number: 10935983
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments include unique apparatuses, methods and systems providing coordinated control of vehicle cohorts. Certain embodiments perform an optimization of a vehicle cohort model and a plurality of vehicle models to determine vehicle cohort operating parameters and individual vehicle operating parameters in order to minimize total vehicle cohort power or a total vehicle cohort energy over a route of travel. Such embodiments further determine vehicle operating commands executable by vehicles of the cohort to implement the vehicle cohort operating parameters and individual vehicle operating parameters. Such vehicle operating commands may be transmitted to, received by and, executed by vehicles of the vehicle cohort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventor: Pinak Jayant Tulpule
  • Patent number: 10937056
    Abstract: A terminal sends a first advertisement request to an advertisement server, where the first advertisement request includes a device identifier of the terminal and an advertisement slot identifier of a first client on the terminal. The advertisement server determines a target advertisement and first permission information according to the first advertisement, request, and returns the target advertisement and the first permission information to the terminal. The first permission information is permission information that is determined by the advertisement server based on the device identifier and that is used to instruct the first client to display the target advertisement. The terminal controls, based on the received first permission information, the target advertisement to be displayed on the first client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Huangang Pang, Yingbo Hu
  • Patent number: 10939229
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The method computer program products, and systems can include, for instance: filtering in geofence users within an area of a geofence to determine a count of qualified in geofence users within an area of a geofence; comparing the count of qualified in geofence users within an area of a geofence to a threshold and activating a notification sending process based on a result of the comparing; based on the activating and outputting to the qualified users a notification based on the filtering; and disabling the notification sending process based on a disabling criteria being satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat Deluca, Steve Mcduff
  • Patent number: 10929840
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to systems and methods for utilizing purchase incentives in an electronic mobile wallet application. The mobile wallet application may receive a committable coupon data structure comprising terms data describing a purchase incentive and cryptographic verification data. The mobile wallet application may send a request to tokenize the committable coupon data structure to an element management system. The request may include an indication of a payment element associated with the mobile wallet application. The mobile wallet application may receive, from the element management system, a tokenized coupon data structure that comprises at least a portion of the committable coupon data structure and credential data for the payment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Ramanathan Ramanathan, Joon Maeng
  • Patent number: 10929899
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for dynamic pricing of application programming interface (API) services such as machine learning API services. For example, a computing platform of an API service provider is configured to receive a request for a machine learning API service from a client computing device, obtain a dataset from the client computing device, utilize a classification engine to classify one or more attributes of the dataset and to classify an expected level of performance of the machine learning API service applied to the dataset based on the one or more classified attributes of the dataset, dynamically determine a pricing for the machine learning API service based on the classified expected level of performance of the dataset, and present the determined pricing for the machine learning API service on the client computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vijay Ekambaram, Nitin Gupta, Pankaj S. Dayama
  • Patent number: 10922707
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods and computer readable storage media for facilitating payments for consumer transactions and redemption of deal offerings. In providing such functionality, the system can be configured to, for example, receive payment for one or more products, determine a deal voucher's current value and cause the redemption of the deal voucher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben Kim, Joshua Puckett, Andrey Zaytsev, Gene Alston, Richard Park, Thomas Joseph McConnell
  • Patent number: 10909578
    Abstract: An example apparatus includes a memory to store a usage profile representative of actual portable device usage by persons having similar usage characteristics, the usage profile indicative of accesses to different types of media. The example apparatus further includes a processor to control at least one of a portable device or an emulator to access at least one of media or data when the processor simulates usage of the portable device based on the accesses to the different types of media indicated in the usage profile, detect an advertisement presented via the portable device or the emulator in response to the simulated usage of the portable device, and generate information about portable device advertising based on the detected advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Tamara Gaffney, Kanishka Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10909508
    Abstract: A system and method configured to provide a mechanism allowing a third party, not involved in a payment transaction made between a merchant and a payment account, to provide a credit to the payment account as an offer benefit redeemed in view of the payment transaction. The mechanism includes a transaction handler of a payment processing network configured to provide transaction information relevant to the offer to the third party. If the third party determines that a qualifying transaction in the payment account is entitled to the benefit, the third party communicates a request, via an application programming interface (API), to a portal of the transaction handler for a credit to the payment account for the payment transaction; if the request is approved, in response, the transaction handler generates a credit transaction for the payment account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Daniel Eisen Fineman, Christopher Magpayo, Vaishali Rao, Derek Vroom, Ann T. Wang Reed
  • Patent number: 10906475
    Abstract: This application provides a prompt method, applied to a portable device adsorbed on a magnetic holder. The method includes: a display of the portable device being off; and detecting, by the portable device, that a parameter related to a magnetic induction intensity deviates from a preset threshold range, lightening the display of the portable device when, before, or after outputting a voice prompt, and displaying, on the display, prompt information about moving the portable device. By using this method, a user can learn, in time, that the adsorption of the portable device on the magnetic holder is unstable, and move the portable device based on the prompt information, so that the portable device can be stably adsorbed on the magnetic holder, thereby effectively preventing the portable device from sliding down from the magnetic holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu Wang, Huangwei Wu, Xiaohan Chen
  • Patent number: 10899595
    Abstract: A system and method a method may include receiving (i) beverage composition data of a requested beverage, and (ii) a user identifier of a user requesting the beverage. Responsive to receiving an instruction to dispense the requested beverage, the requested beverage may be dispensed. The beverage composition data may be stored in a dispensed beverage data record. A verification as to whether or not the dispensed beverage is a qualified beverage pour may be performed. Responsive to determining that the dispensed beverage is a qualified beverage pour, a counter may be increased. Responsive to determining that the counter value crosses a threshold value, a first message may be communicated to a mobile electronic device of the user, otherwise, a second message may be communicated to the mobile electronic device. The first or second message may be displayed on the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventor: Scott Cuppari
  • Patent number: 10891641
    Abstract: The transaction processing system and method provide an efficient and effective way to authorize promotion redemption. The transaction processing system may receive an indication of a request for authorization, the indication comprising a merchant identifier, an account number, and a transaction amount. The transaction processing system may determine whether the request for authorization corresponds to a promotion. The system may further transmit a transaction authorization based on whether the request for authorization corresponds to the promotion. The transaction processing system may cause a promotion database to designate the promotion as redeemed. In this fashion, the transaction processing system improves the consumer experience and minimizes the transaction time needed to identify and redeem a promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Yishai Lerner, Mihir Shah, Gene Alston, Ben Kim
  • Patent number: 10893338
    Abstract: A method for ad delivery placements to consumer devices within managed service provider networks comprising the following steps is provided. providing Real-time, targeted video advertisements delivery to at least one consumer device is provided across multiple content delivery services accessible to viewers. A unified system capable of simultaneous targeting and delivery of a video advertisement is supported across multiple content delivery platforms to one more consumer devices. Delivery of the targeted video advertisements is supported to managed service provider devices. Efficient IP delivery of video advertisements is supported to service provider managed networks of consumer devices. Real-time targeted advertisements to all IP connected devices and managed consumer devices are supported based on targeting criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: ZODIAC SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Neill, Alexei Savguira, Valerii Grishin, Leon Rivkin
  • Patent number: 10878460
    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: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Latife Genc-Kaya, Kamson Lai, Francisco Jose Larrain Wicha, Gaston L'Huillier
  • Patent number: 10878437
    Abstract: An information sharing method, including; receiving an instruction for sharing first information to a first information pool of a first user, wherein the first information pool includes a plurality of electronic coupons shared by one or more contact users associated with the first user, and wherein the first information pool is accessible to respective user accounts of the one or more contact users; adding the first electronic coupon to the first information pool; receiving a confirmation notification from a third-party server corresponding to the first electronic coupon, wherein the confirmation notification is sent by the third-party server in response to a second user in the contact users applying the first electronic coupon in an online transaction, wherein the confirmation notification includes at least second information that corresponds to the first information, wherein the second information includes a second electronic coupon related to the first electronic coupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignees: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN), COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Wa Ye, Zhenyu Xu, Peiku Li, Zhouwei Zhu, Mengsha Zhou, Jiongchao Lin, Beiqi Wu, Likai Wang, Jiandong Lin, Dacheng Zhuo, Zeqi Lian, Hongyang Wang, Jing Zang
  • Patent number: 10878394
    Abstract: Techniques for recommending actions for a merchant to perform to encourage a sale of an item based on an expiration associated therewith. A service provider may determine expiration data associated with inventory items offered for sale by the merchant. The expiration data may be based on a recommended date and/or time provided by the manufacturer, a merchant preference and/or a service provider setting. In some examples, the expiration data associated with an item may be determined based on expiration data associated with one or more similar items. The service provider may monitor the expiration data associated with each item of inventory and may determine that an expiration associated with a particular item is within a threshold period of time. Based on the expiration being within the threshold period of time, the service provider may send a recommendation to the merchant to perform an action to encourage the sale of the particular item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Niels Gjertson, Matthew Capers
  • Patent number: 10866300
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a certified location service enables a mobile device to access a location-based service when a determined location meets a location requirement and an overall confidence score for the determined location exceeds a confidence threshold. A data package is received including identifiers of beacons observed by the mobile device, and a location of the mobile device is determined based on a calculated location of one or more of the beacons. An overall confidence score for the determined location is calculated based on one or more individual confidence scores for the one or more beacons used in determining the location or composite confidence scores for types of the one or more beacons. The determined location and the overall confidence score are provided to one or more provider servers that allow the mobile device to access a location-based service based thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Skyhook Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Russel K. Jones, Christopher Steger, Nicolas Brachet, Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Andrew Broadstone, Joel Morrin
  • Patent number: 10862888
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus include computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, including a method for providing content. An initial request for a resource is received. A determination is made when fixed or recyclable contact information should be provided with the resource, wherein the contact information is associated with a content sponsor that sponsored the resource. When recyclable contact information should be provided, first recyclable contact information for the content sponsor and time-out information are identified. The first recyclable contact information and the time-out information are combined in an identifier. The identifier is stored on the requesting device and the resource is provided including the first recyclable contact information responsive to the initial request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anurag Agrawal, Anshul Kothari, Daniel Andersson
  • Patent number: 10846711
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating alerts or recommend incentives for a loyalty program that provides incentives to cardholders in connection with transactions between the cardholders and merchants are disclosed. A merchant is identified. Transaction data reflective of completed transactions are received by way of a network. The transaction data is processed to generate an alert notifying the identified merchant of an event or trend, or to generate a recommended incentive that defines a benefit to be provided by the identified merchant to a cardholder upon the occurrence of an anticipated transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: EDATANETWORKS INC.
    Inventor: Terrance Patrick Tietzen
  • Patent number: 10846276
    Abstract: Example embodiments involve a system and methods for identifying valuable view item pages for search engine optimization. According to certain embodiments, the system performs operations that include predicting the probability of future traffic for a given product based on a number of product level factors as input variables, and identifying a selection of view item pages corresponding to the products with the probability of the highest future traffic in order to maximize the driving natural search traffic to a linked site of the corresponding view item page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Suman Voleti, Ganesh Talele, Atiq Islam, Ritu Goel
  • Patent number: 10832285
    Abstract: To provide mobile device coupons and discounts, a mobile device couponing system is provided to generate and send coupons to mobile devices based on a probability that the mobile device is within a defined region. The value of the coupons can be inversely proportional to the probability that the mobile device is within the defined region. The probabilities can be precomputed by calculating the probability that each cell in grid in or around the defined region is in the defined region using a set of standardized location resolutions. When location information is received from the mobile device, the probability that the mobile device is within the defined region can be retrieved based on the closest cell that matches the location indicated in the location information and the standardized location resolution closest to the location resolution indicated by the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Jeremy Fix, David Patterson
  • Patent number: 10825293
    Abstract: An example computing device includes program instructions that, when executed by one or more processors, cause the computing device to perform functions including receiving user-input financial data corresponding to a user and receiving user-input behavioral data corresponding to the user. The functions also include, based on the financial data and the behavioral data, determining a Wager Score™ for the user, where the Wager Score™ represents an estimate of financial risk of the user. The functions also include, based on the Wager Score™, determining a customized gaming rebate allocation corresponding to the financial risk of the user, where the customized gaming rebate allocation designates one or more recipients, other than the user, for a gaming rebate assigned to the user. The functions also include receiving the gaming rebate and, after receiving the gaming rebate, distributing the gaming rebate to the one or more recipients according to the customized gaming rebate allocation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Game Day Data, LLC
    Inventor: Bo Grujicic
  • Patent number: 10817861
    Abstract: There is provided a system and a method for the generation and management of point-of-sale (POS) electronic payment transaction receipts. The system and method include a POS component that performs a transaction at a location at which a customer and the POS component are physically present together generates content relating to the transaction; and a payment card that identifies a contact address to which an electronic receipt is to be sent. The POS component generates the electronic receipt based on the content relating to the transaction and causes the electronic receipt to be sent to the contact address identified on the payment card. The electronic receipt management system and method are based on payment transaction receipt information across a plurality of merchants, providing customers with an efficient solution for managing their receipts, and allowing merchants to offer better and more targeted recommendations for customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Rohit Chauhan
  • Patent number: 10817931
    Abstract: The present disclosure selects third party content based on feedback. A selector identifies several content items including first and second content items (or more) responsive to a request. A machine learning engine determines a first feature of the first content item, a second feature of the second content item, and a third feature of the web page or a device associated with the request. The machine learning engine determines, responsive to the first feature and the third feature, a first score for the first content item based on a machine learning model generated using historical signals received from devices via a metadata channel formed from an electronic feedback interface. The machine learning engine determines a second score for the second content item responsive to the second feature and the third feature. A bidding module determines a price for the first content item based on the first and second scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Shilpa Arora, Colin McCulloch, Niyati Yagnik, Creighton Thomas, Manohar Prabhu, Timothy Lipus, Michael Eugene Aiello, Yi Zhang, Ajay Kumar Bangla, Bahman Rabii, Gaofeng Zhao, Yingwei Cui
  • Patent number: 10817922
    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: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Expedia, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew James Knight
  • Patent number: 10810619
    Abstract: A method for providing Internet-based advertising for advertisers, and search functions for potential customers, introducing innovative search, display and advertiser access capabilities. These new innovations include a capability whereby a visitor may, by repeatedly zooming further in on a given geographic location, see more and more points of interest, corresponding to the chosen search criteria, but, not previously visible at smaller scales, and which may be displayed and queried for additional information. This system also provides to the advertiser, a means for changing any Dynamic Billboard in real time without intermediary action by any other party. It further provides an automated means to tabulate and report visitor activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: James William Clouse
  • Patent number: 10812361
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for optimization of data transfer to a software service. In exemplary embodiments, a computer-implemented method for determining a transit appliance for data traffic to a software service through one or more interconnected networks comprising a plurality of network appliances, comprises determining performance metrics for each of the plurality of network appliances to at least one IP address associated with the software service, and selecting a transit appliance for data transfer to the IP address, the selected transit appliance based at least in part on the performance metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Silver Peak Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David Anthony Hughes, Damon John Ennis, Theodore Ernest Tedijanto, Hon Tat Ho
  • Patent number: 10803455
    Abstract: The present disclosure belongs to the field of network technologies, and discloses a resource deduction method and apparatus, an intelligent terminal, and a deduction server. The method includes: sending a rule obtaining request for a deduction rule of a user-specified deduction item to the deduction server; receiving the deduction rule returned by the deduction server; calculating a second resource value that is obtained after applying the deduction rule to a first resource value associated with the user-specified deduction item; and sending a resource transfer request carrying the second resource value to the deduction server. The present disclosure resolves a problem that a merchant needs to manually calculate expense that is obtained after applying the deduction rule to the first resource, and payment efficiency is relatively low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jing Zang, Zhenyu Xu, Wa Ye, Peiku Li, Jingwei Chen, Sicheng Huang, Cunjin Li, Zheng Wang, Mengsha Zhou, Jiongchao Lin, Cunliang Li
  • Patent number: 10803480
    Abstract: A method for maximizing the number of users who receive an optimal number of ad impressions. The method may be implemented for a bidding agent or in connection with a system for augmenting ad placement data across bidding platforms that bid on ad opportunities in a real-time bidding ad exchange. The system is able to use tracking pixels in order to optimize bid placements. The system is intended to manage user ad placement so as to increase the number of placements received by individual users so that the campaign has an increased impact on eligible users and reduces the diluted exposures to users who receive less than optimal exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Andrades, Saket Gadia
  • Patent number: 10803494
    Abstract: An online system receives an advertisement request (“ad request”) including an advertisement from a user and allows the user to create an alternative advertisement for the ad request comprising images presented in an order specified by the user. The online system may identify images from video data included in the ad request or from additional content associated with an object associated with the ad request. Based on selections of identified images by the user and an order in which to present the selected images from the user, the online system generates the alternative advertisement and associates the alternative advertisement with the ad request. One or more criteria are associated with the alternative advertisement, and the online system communicates the alternative advertisement to client devices having characteristics satisfying the criteria rather than video data in the advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Hongji Yang, Rachel Barrie Tucker, Zhen Li, Nikila Srinivasan Sarang, Sylvain Marc Robert Friquet, Brendan M. Sullivan, Kelly Leanne MacLean
  • Patent number: 10803503
    Abstract: Method and system to facilitate transactions in a particular on-line trading platform from a third party web site may be utilized beneficially to enhance a user's experience in purchasing items referenced on third party web pages. When a user encounters, on a third party web site, a presentation of an item that is linked to a listing maintained by the on-line trading platform, the user may simply click on the presentation of the item, which causes presentation of a visual control selectable to launch a transaction processing flow facilitated by the on-line trading platform, without requiring the user to leave the third party web site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Peter Hosein, Selina Lam, Han-Shen Yuan
  • Patent number: 10796249
    Abstract: A ticketing method for issuing a service ticket of a transport system to a passenger comprises: checking-in the passenger via a mobile device of the passenger upon accessing a vehicle of the transport system; checking-out the passenger via the mobile device upon exiting a vehicle of the transport system; and a server computer automatically calculating a price for a travel of the passenger within the transport system by evaluating check-in data representing the checking-in of the passenger and check-out data representing the checking-out of the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FAIRTIQ AG
    Inventors: Gian-Mattia Schucan, Jonas Lutz