Referral Award System Patents (Class 705/14.16)
  • Patent number: 10970730
    Abstract: An electronic distributed computing system connecting both merchant and customer devices implements a referral marketing program that rewards customers for recruiting other customers to purchase products from the merchant and join the referral marketing program. A customer uses an application to purchase a product or service and is invited to join the referral marketing program. The customer is optionally invited to select an incentive level and a target number of recruits. After paying a referral program fee that varies based on the cost of the customer's purchase, the incentive level, and the recruiting target, the customer obtains the targeted number of electronic referral keys. The customer provides these referral keys to recruited customers in exchange for a predetermined resale program fee. The recruited customer can redeem the referral key to join the referral marketing program and obtain their own referral keys, after making a purchase from the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Pritam Suru
  • Patent number: 10943244
    Abstract: A method of generating a fixed-price variable-offer multi-tier thread generator may include receiving, a by a computer processor(s), at least a fixed price, a thread expiration criteria and specification for at least two offerings for the fixed price. Each of the at least two offerings correspond to one of at least two tiers of offerings, where the fixed price entitles a first member and any subsequent members on a thread to redeem a qualified offer associated with a qualified tier, in exchange for paying the fixed price, upon the occurrence of at least one thread expiration criteria. The at least one product or service offerings the thread qualifies for, upon the occurrence of the at least one thread expiration criteria, may be dependent upon a total number of members, including the first member who starts a thread from the thread generator and any subsequent members who join the thread and who have agreed to pay the fixed price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: RECOVERY SCIENCE LC
    Inventors: Shalin Shah, Kusum Raksiklal Shah, Jyotsana Nayan Shah
  • Patent number: 10943212
    Abstract: A method and system are provided to combine best practices with a new discovery method, incentive structure and tracking system for better results in the referral process, particularly in the domain of employment. Crowdsourcing using a tiered peer-to-peer referral incentive system that encourages higher quality inbound leads combined with data analytics and machine learning techniques of identifying high quality referrers and candidates improve success rates, and leveraging online and offline Social and Professional networks creates a frictionless user experience. Tracking technologies and methods inspired by the online advertising industry across a variety of platforms (desktop/handheld/wearable devices) enable improved crowdsourcing and reward strategies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Vinayak Ranade
  • Patent number: 10937045
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The method computer program products, and systems can include, for instance: examining, by machine logic, interactions data specifying attributes of interactions with posted social media promotional content promoting a product, wherein the product is subject to an initiated purchase transaction, and wherein the interactions include interactions by a plurality of users; attributing, by machine logic, referral credit for the purchase transaction to users of the plurality of users based on the examining; and providing one or more output based on the attributing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat Deluca, Jeremy A. Greenberger, Zachary Greenberger
  • Patent number: 10909563
    Abstract: Introduced is a technology for facilitating a referral between a referrer and a referee, including the generation of the referral and the tracking of the referral redemption by the referee. The technology enables a customer to send a referral about a merchant to a friend by simply providing contact information associated with that friend (e.g., email address, telephone number, etc.), and further enables the friend to redeem a promotional offer included in the referral upon a use of the friend's payment card at the merchant's point-of-sale (POS) system, without having to provide any further information. In some instances, a transfer of a referral reward (e.g., points, discount, payment, etc.) is also transferred to the referrer in response to the redemption by the referee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Aaron, Keisuke Omi, Merrill Lutsky, Hillary Prather, Nathan McCauley
  • Patent number: 10909598
    Abstract: A system and method allows one or more users to purchase an offering of goods or services using at least three computer systems, by one user making a proposal for the two to jointly consume the offering, and the other user accepting the proposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Zoosk, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander F. Mehr, Shayan G. Zadeh, Doug H. Wehmeier, Charles E. Gotlieb
  • Patent number: 10897692
    Abstract: A service processing method includes: presenting predefined services on a service usage interface of a first application; obtaining, from a backend server of the third-party service provider, notification information that a first service presented on the service usage interface has been used, updating the predefined services on the service usage interface, and presenting an information prompt identifier corresponding to the first service; and detecting that the information prompt identifier corresponding to the first service is triggered, and in response to detecting that the information prompt identifier corresponding to the first service is triggered, presenting the notification information that the first service has been used and an information prompt identifier of a second service associated with the first service, the information prompt identifier of the second service being capable of prompting a user to add the second service to the service usage interface of the first application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Wa Ye, Zhouwei Zhu, Yadi Xiao, Zeqi Lian, Zhiping Su, Mengsha Zhou, Jiongchao Lin, Zhenyu Xu
  • Patent number: 10878451
    Abstract: Recommendation systems and techniques are described that employ change point detection to generate recommendations for digital content. In one example, a change point detection technique is employed by a recommendation system to identify when a change point has occurred at a respective time step of a series of time steps. Detection of this change point may then be used by the recommendation system to reset the statistical model to address this change as well as generate a subsequent recommendation configured for exploration of reward distributions of the items of digital marketing content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Yang Cao, Zheng Wen, Branislav Kveton
  • Patent number: 10878459
    Abstract: A change management system for facilitating a marketing partner's transition from a reimbursement co-op model to a co-pay co-op model is disclosed. In particular, the system may incorporate an existing reimbursement co-op process utilized by a brand into a software platform. The reimbursement co-op process may enable a marketing partner to request pre-approval for a marketing activity or submit a claim for reimbursement for marketing activities performed for the brand. The system may also incorporate a co-pay co-op process into the software platform that includes pre-approved and pre-loaded marketing campaigns and assets for the brand. The marketing partner may be given the option to participate in the reimbursement co-op process or the co-pay co-op process to obtain reimbursements for performing marketing activities for the brand. The system may facilitate selection of the co-pay co-op process by providing greater incentives for selecting the co-pay co-op process versus the reimbursement co-op process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SproutLoud Media Networks, LLC
    Inventor: Jared Shusterman
  • Patent number: 10867345
    Abstract: A system and process within a mobile device and/or social media application of coordinating, scheduling and booking people to connect and have live face to face streaming meet-and-greets through the application. A network connected server maintains a database and information to Facilitate the buying and selling of direct air time between specific users within the application. Wherein Users can go on and offer time available for a live meet-and-greet and other users can then go on and book and schedule time from the said time available. The application can also be used to schedule and pay for the meet-and-greet time, facilitating live “meet-and-greets” via the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Mary Anne Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10867323
    Abstract: Consistent with embodiments of the present invention, a social media merchandising and advertising platform may be provided. The platform may enable any third party website, page, or entity referred to herein as an “advertiser” to post interactive content on a publisher's website. The interactive content may comprise, for example, a customizable badge. The platform may enable the advertiser to create, customize, and deploy the badge for display and access on the publisher's specified domain. Moreover, the platform may enable the advertiser to provide the publisher with various specifications and elements to be integrated into a customized badge and, in turn, provide the customized badge to a publisher. Either the publisher or advertiser, individually or collectively, may then post the advertiser's badge to a website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Yassine Sbiti, Selah Omer
  • Patent number: 10798458
    Abstract: A user terminal and a server for supporting a real-time broadcast are disclosed. The user terminal may obtain, through a real-time broadcast platform, a free first sponsorship item for which a preset restrictive condition is set, and support, through the real-time broadcast platform, a streamer of the real-time broadcast using the first sponsorship item under the restrictive condition. In response to the supporting, a reward which is the same as a reward for a charged second sponsorship item may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KAKAO CORP.
    Inventors: Jumyoung Park, Dong Ho Bae, Ju Sup Lee, Ki Hyun Kang, Mija Yoon, Geunyoung Choi, Yelim Jeong
  • Patent number: 10769657
    Abstract: A technique for determining the effectiveness of an offer includes analyzing views, clicks, acceptances and satisfactions of the offer. Transaction data is retrieved to determine whether criteria of the offer has been satisfied. As a result, a total cost per transaction may be determined for an advertisement campaign that incorporates the offer. Further, detailed queries may be issued to identify areas in which the offer needs improvement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: CARDSPRING, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Winner, Geraud Boyer, Amit Kumar, Eckart Walther
  • Patent number: 10761508
    Abstract: Computer (or computerized) numerical control (CNC) tools are employed globally. Whilst these may be purchased with an initial set of configurations users must establish any other configurations themselves leading to potentially every CNC tool being configured slightly differently for the same process requirement even before considering new materials, tool elements etc. Accordingly, users and manufacturers would benefit from access to updated process parameters for machine tools that reflect scenarios encountered in manufacturing operations that are new or lead to improved tolerances, yields, reducing process time etc. However, users are not going to employ just any set of parameters given to them as these may damage their CNC tool or tool elements. Embodiments of the invention provide a subscription service providing access to verified settings where the verification is performed by the machine tool manufacturer or machine tool element manufacturer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: LINCOLN ELECTRIC COMPANY OF CANADA LP
    Inventors: Miguel Clement, Stephane Menard, Dominique Bruneau, David Gabriels
  • Patent number: 10755266
    Abstract: A system for updating a digital wallet installation is disclosed. Event information is received. The received event information is evaluated against a set of rules. A digital wallet asset logical instance to be updated is identified based at least in part on the evaluation. The identified instance is updated. An installation of a digital wallet asset associated with the identified instance is identified. An update instruction is provided to a device associated with the installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Urban Airship, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Belleville, Joe Beninato, Echeyde Cubillo, Erik Onnen
  • Patent number: 10726093
    Abstract: A system and method for intermediate landing page rerouting are provided. In example embodiments, determine whether a webpage associated with a hyperlink has corresponding social network activities. Extract content from the webpage determined to have corresponding social network activities. In response to a selection of the hyperlink, reroute a web browser to an intermediate landing page. Cause presentation, at a user interface, of the extracted content and the corresponding social network activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shaunak Chatterjee, Ravi Kiran Holur Vijay, Romer E. Rosales, Mohamed Gamal Mohamed Mahmoud, Zheng Li, Kwei-you Tao, Bee-Chung Chen, Deepak Agarwal
  • Patent number: 10694369
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for managing a profile in an embedded UICC, and more particularly, to a method for managing a profile in an embedded UICC that enables management information on the profile provided within the embedded UICC to play an essential role for providing communication and additional services, to be provided to a device existing outside the embedded UICC. The present invention also relates to an embedded UICC and to a device provided with the embedded UICC for the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jaemin Park
  • Patent number: 10643220
    Abstract: In case of an initial setting operation before shipping an image forming apparatus, since a using period is out of the contract duration, the application is unavailable at the time of the initial setting operation. A license server issues a first license for setting of the application in addition to a second license regarding the contract duration of the application. When the first license is received from the license server, if the present date is within the usage period for the setting operation, the application is available for such a period, and if the present date is outside of such a period, the apparatus acquires the second license from the license server. When the second license is received from the license server, the image forming apparatus makes the application available for the contract duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoto Yuki
  • Patent number: 10632388
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a flexible architecture for video gaming applications. In some embodiments, the flexible architecture is platform agnostic and provides a continuous visual experience for players across different platforms while engaging them at different levels of play. The architecture provides user interfaces that facilitate access to video gaming applications in various ways that may include: via social networks or sites; via wall posts or via an online social networking service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts; via mobile devices (iOS, Android, or Windows-based smart phones); or via dedicated game consoles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: CP Studios LLC
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Wiklem, Carrie Ann Cowan
  • Patent number: 10607274
    Abstract: The invention relates to a goods system having goods, in particular in accordance with the invention, wherein each good has an individual code. The code is stored in a database and linked to information, in particular information relevant to sales. The code of the good is designed in such a way that the code can be scanned in by means of a scanner of a device, in particular of a smart phone. The information linked to the code in the database can be displayed on the device. Furthermore, the good provided with the code can be purchased by means of the device by using the code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Horage S.A.
    Inventor: Andreas Felsl
  • Patent number: 10592839
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to executing one or more campaigns. Initialization identifiers may be provided to campaign agents associated with campaign owners. The campaign agents may be associated with campaigns based on the initialization identifiers. Resource collection requests may be provided to sources based on source information provided by the campaign agents. Metrics may be provided based on monitoring actions of the sources. Outlier characteristics associated with the resource collection requests may be identified based on a comparison of the metrics to other campaigns. The resource collection requests may be modified based on predicted metrics associated with the outlier characteristics. The modified resource collection requests may be provided to the sources associated with the outlier characteristics. Resources provided from the sources may be distributed to the campaign owners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SNAP! Mobile LLC
    Inventors: Edward Behringer, Cole Morgan, Balin Larson
  • Patent number: 10482512
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present disclosure can facilitate selecting a search result. In some embodiments, the system includes a server. The server can be configured to access a data structure, storing product descriptions describing products in a retail store. The server can be configured to store an image including visual representations of the products. The server can be configured to associate image segments with the product descriptions, the segments including the visual representations. The server can be configured to associate classifications with the product descriptions. The server can be configured to display, responsive to input from a user, the image. The server can be configured to select, responsive to input from the user, the search result from the product descriptions. The server can be configured to order the search result, based on the classifications and the image segments associated with the product descriptions selected by the search result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Michele Meek, Allan Adam Miller, Geoffry Meek
  • Patent number: 10463960
    Abstract: Individual users may log into the same online game from multiple different social networking platforms. The disclosed technology provides a way to unite users' accounts such that users that have logged into the online game from different social networking platforms can have their progress in the online game preserved regardless of which social networking platforms the user logged in from. Business intelligence about differences in the user's value when logging in from the different social networking platforms can be determined and incentivizing actions can be performed on the social networking platforms based on the business intelligence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.
    Inventor: Ziqiang Xu
  • Patent number: 10437875
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for managing media. The method comprises a computer system. The computer system identifies a configurable media item in a media for a user. The computer system searches for a corresponding media item in a collection of media items for the user. The computer system replaces the configurable media item with the corresponding media item in the collection of media items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anand Gopalakrishnan, Richard M. Haas, Randy S. Johnson, Tedrick N. Northway, H. William Rinckel
  • Patent number: 10432738
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to identifying website visitors. Initially, a predictor is trained with a set of data of known website visitors to identify a rule with the highest effectiveness score. To do so, each rule in a set of rules is applied to all cookies in the set of data. Based on a selected goal of identifying unknown website visitors, the rule with the highest effectiveness score is identified. To identify a cookie of an unknown website visitor, a cookie representation corresponding to the cookie is identified. The cookie representation represents the cookie as an n-dimensional vector of features and is computed using hit statistics for various aspects of the cookie. Utilizing the cookie representation, a cookie-stitching rule is selected and applied to the cookie. In this way, a website visitor associated with the cookie can be identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe, Inc.
    Inventor: Nedim Lipka
  • Patent number: 10355788
    Abstract: A network service can detect an ultrasonic signal by an ultrasonic receptive component of a first device. The ultrasonic signal can be based on an ultrasonic output signal transmitted from an audio output component. In response to the detected ultrasonic signal, the network service can perform a network service operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Fahrettin Olcay Cirit
  • Patent number: 10332186
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein each include at least one of systems, methods, software, and devices for artificial intelligence augmented facility interaction. One such embodiment, in the form of a method includes identifying a location of a mobile device associated with a customer account within a facility. This method further includes determining at least one product recommendation based on data stored in a database associated with the customer account in view of the identified location and transmitting, via a network, the determined product recommendation data to the mobile device for presentation on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Arnold White
  • Patent number: 10318977
    Abstract: A server receives an indication that a first user of a social network arrived at business, and identifies one or more second users associated with a predetermined area surrounding the commercial establishment, the one or more second users being connected to the first user through a social graph in the social network. The server sends to the one or more second users a first offering related to the business in conjunction with an indication that the first user arrived at the business. The server subsequently receives an indication that the one or more second users arrived at the business within a predetermined period of time after the first user arrived at the business, and sends a second offering related to the business to the first user in response to receiving the indication that the one or more second users arrived at the business.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Geoffrey Allen Borggaard
  • Patent number: 10319027
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a method for providing a portable and interactive storefront is provided. The method may comprise receiving information associated with a product to be placed in electronic commerce. Content is therefore generated based on the received information, in which the content may provide an interactive storefront. A link to the content is generated and then provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Su-I Lu, Deborah Yee-Ky Liu
  • Patent number: 10296948
    Abstract: Briefly, embodiments disclosed herein may relate to online advertising and may relate, more particularly, pushing advertising content to user computing devices, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Eyal Arasu Ramakrishnan, Eran Shir
  • Patent number: 10229427
    Abstract: A virtual keyboard trackable referral system that inserts trackable referral links into communications from a referring user to one or more recipients, and credits the referring user for actions or transactions resulting from these referrals. Uses a referral matcher coupled with a virtual keyboard, so that it is usable with any application or service that uses the keyboard. The referral matcher analyzes text or audio input to identify matches from a database of participating products, services, and merchants, and offers the user the option to insert a referral link to matching items. The matcher may also obtain and analyze other input, including audio or images. If a recipient uses the referral link and completes the action, a referral tracker credits the referring user. Referral links may initially direct a recipient to an intermediate server that may perform additional matching and selection and then redirect the recipient to a target destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: WILDFIRE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Jordan Glazier
  • Patent number: 10223735
    Abstract: A system for ordering a product online includes a communicating object configured to order a set of products referenced in a database by means of an order signal (CMD), and a database for listing a set of products corresponding to the order signal (CMD). A server is in communication with said database and is configured to publish a list of said set of ordered products. A computer likely to validate said list such that the communicating object may be a mobile device provided with a processor, a random access memory (RAM) and a hibernation software program such that the processor is stopped and the content of the random access memory (RAM) is not kept when said communicating object has not been used for a predefined period, or depending on the status of the communicating object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: WORLDLINE
    Inventors: Guillaume Lefebvre, Jacques Poly, Colombe Herault, Denis Faivre
  • Patent number: 10225357
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a push notification system (PNS) for sending notifications to users of an application (“app”), e.g., a mobile app of a social networking application. The PNS generates a compact filter data structure (“filter”) to store a representation of token identifications (“IDs”) of app installations that belong in a specified category. A token ID uniquely identifies a device-app pair. To send a notification, the PNS identifies the filter corresponding to the specified category, tests the filter with token IDs of all installations of the app to identify which of the token IDs are present in the filter, and sends the notification to client devices associated with the identified set of token IDs. The filter facilitates a fast lookup of a token ID while consuming significantly less storage space, e.g., as the filter stores a representation of the token IDs and not the actual token IDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ittai M. Golde, Benjamin H F Nham
  • Patent number: 10186003
    Abstract: A user-content generated network is provided for presenting business listings, as well as commentary and reviews of businesses, by participants of the network. In an embodiment, businesses can participate in the network and receive referrals from members of the network. The network can track and monitor referrals that individual businesses receive as a mechanism for promoting the business to other users in the network's user base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: ITRUSTIT SOCIAL, INC.
    Inventor: Edwin John MacLaughlin
  • Patent number: 10176497
    Abstract: An Internet advertisement method and system that issues an authentication key for enabling selected target customers to receive a commercial sample at a membership-based offline store by performing an advertisement in the form of a banner on a web page of an online market, such as an Internet shopping mall, such that an advertiser can conveniently satisfy needs of customers desiring to purchase goods after receiving the sample without delivering the sample, a targeting goods advertisement can be effectively performed, membership-based offline stores can be publicized, and increasing visits from customers can lead to an increase in sales. The Internet advertisement method includes providing an advertisement including information on providing a sample, and generating an authentication key for enabling a customer terminal selecting the advertisement and requesting a sample of advertised goods to receive the sample at an offline store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Korea Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Young Bae Ku
  • Patent number: 10169770
    Abstract: A digital communications monetization system that includes a referral matcher that analyzes input from a first user to identify within the input at least one match to merchants, products, services, brands, and promotions, etc., to generate a referral link that comprises one or more of a link that leads to a site associated with the match or an intermediate server that redirects to the site, wherein the referral link includes an identifier to the match and the first user and wherein the referral matcher inserts the referral link into a communication from said first user to one or more second user. The system also includes a referral tracker that tracks the usage of the referral link by at least one second user and attributes, to the first user, an action that takes place at the site by the at least one second user that uses the referral link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: WILDFIRE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jordan Glazier, Ian Miller
  • Patent number: 10154020
    Abstract: Approaches, techniques, and mechanisms are disclosed for providing referral identity systems and services. The referral identity system can provide a hardware based system for identifying users and the devices they are using and recognizing referrals from one device to another and/or from one user to another. Each of the users can be uniquely identified using a device identifier associated with a device that the user is using. The authentication and identity services can be used to license software and/or devices coupled with such software dynamically using integrated hardware, software, and firmware, and provide a validated identification difficult to spoof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ClevX, LLC
    Inventors: Lev M. Bolotin, Alex Lemelev
  • Patent number: 10147111
    Abstract: The systems, methods, and computer readable mediums described herein provide a secure method for a transaction account issuer to issue a digital pass to an existing transaction account holder (e.g., an existing user) that may be shared and/or provided to a prospective transaction account holder (e.g., a new user). The digital pass may be sharable from an existing user's user device to a new user's user device. The systems, methods, and computer readable mediums described herein may also employ an adaptive web design solution to increase application completion rates by capturing minimal viable information from a prospective member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Raghavendra V. Chidella, Hans-Jurgen Greiner, Mallikarj U. Hiremath, Padmaja Kodavanti, Gopinath Kondapally, Simon R. Mableson, Kevin H. Ringger, Kongaraveera Venkata Satya Srinivasu, Ganeshbabu Subramanian, Arun Swamy, Subha Vanavamalai, Undra Viverette
  • Patent number: 10142959
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to generating or updating an access point model. The model may be generated based in part on access point model data, e.g., collected scan information from devices that travel through an indoor space. The wireless access point model may include an indoor map of a location or building. At some point, it may be determined that the access point model data may not meet a predetermined quality threshold. For example, the data may be outdated or inaccurate. A request is generated and transmitted to a client device within a predetermined distance of the access point associated with the access point model. In response to the request, the device travels to the indoor space associated with the access point to collect scan information. The scan information is used to update or otherwise modify the access point model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Isaac Richard Taylor, Mohammed Waleed Kadous
  • Patent number: 10122630
    Abstract: Methods, non-transitory computer readable media, and traffic manager computing devices that forward a request to resolve a domain name from a client device to a Domain Name System (DNS) server device and a response from the DNS server device including an original Internet Protocol (IP) address corresponding to the domain name to the client device. Content is retrieved from a location associated with the domain name in response to a request for the content received from the client device. Classification information comprising at least a type of the retrieved content is determined. The retrieved content is sent to the client device in response to the request for the content. A determination is made when a confidence threshold has been exceeded based on the classification information. A steering endpoint IP address is sent to the DNS server device, when the determining indicates that the confidence threshold has been exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: F5 Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Koenning, Ian Smith, David Hansen
  • Patent number: 10095561
    Abstract: The present invention gives the methods and processes for automatically servicing user driven requests to find place-holder fields, fill them in with relevant data in a secure manner and securely communicating the data related thereto to the appropriate Android™ device and/or application. More particularly, it relates to the methods and processes for authenticated users to automatically obtain and use the correct filled-in data that allows them to access or use any of a multiple number of Android™ applications and/or services at any time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: McAfee, LLC
    Inventor: Etienne Caron
  • Patent number: 10049331
    Abstract: An enterprise resource planning tool that accesses primary sales data tracked by an enterprise resource planning system operated by a company and describing primary sales of products offered by the company. The enterprise resource planning tool also accesses inventory level data that describes inventory levels for the products at one or more recipients of the primary sales of the products offered by the company. The enterprise resource planning tool further derives secondary sales data that describes secondary sales of the products offered by the company based on the accessed primary sales data and the accessed inventory level data. In addition, the enterprise resource planning tool stores the derived secondary sales data and uses the stored secondary sales data to perform operations related to enterprise resource planning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Sanjay Kukreja, Aditya Bajaj, Rajan Sachdeva
  • Patent number: 9990648
    Abstract: A server system comprising one or more processors and memory obtains user profiles for a plurality of users. In response to receiving profile-update information for a respective user, the server system updates a respective profile of the respective user in accordance with the profile-update information and initiates storage of profile-archive information that enables the server system to obtain a prior version of the respective profile. After updating the respective profile, the server system receives, from a requestor, a request for analysis of message interaction data. In response to receiving the request for analysis of the message interaction data, the server system obtains a message-interaction report that correlates the message interaction data with a set of one or more prior versions of profiles of one or more users that includes the prior version of the respective profile of the respective user and provides the message-interaction report to the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Selligent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Sterns, Tulsi Ram Mayala
  • Patent number: 9842359
    Abstract: A method for processing a consumer referral includes: storing, a plurality of location data entries, each entry including data related to a geographic location including a location identifier and location data; storing a plurality of referral data entries, each entry including data related to a referral including a referral identifier and one or more specific location identifiers; receiving a referral request, the request including a specific referral identifier encoded in a machine-readable code displayed at a specific geographic location associated with the specific referral identifier; identifying a specific referral data entry where the included referral identifier corresponds to the specific referral identifier; identifying a specific location data entry where the included location identifier corresponds to one of the one or more specific location identifiers included in the identified specific referral data entry; and transmitting the location data included in the identified specific location data entry
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Debashis Ghosh, Randall K. Shuken
  • Patent number: 9800992
    Abstract: Downloadable pluggable services and methods of distributing the same are described. The downloadable pluggable services may correspond to communication services that can be downloaded to upgrade a communication system. The downloadable pluggable services may include a number of component parts that can be distributed among various servers in the communication system being upgraded along with instructions that enable the component parts to instruct each server in the communication system to operate in a coordinated fashion so as to provide the downloaded service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Thorsten Ohrstrom-Sandgren, Kurt Haserodt, William T. Walker
  • Patent number: 9767309
    Abstract: A digital targeting system is configured to access data to determine users that satisfy content factors, such as pre-validation criteria, based on user information stored in a database having restrictions on sharing of user data, such as government regulations on sharing of the user information. The digital targeting system may then generate a pre-validated user ID list indicating those users that match the content factors. Users on the pre-validated user ID list may then be matched to users in other databases, such as a digital ID database, to identify digital IDs for the users that are usable by a digital display entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: EXPERIAN INFORMATION SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Rakesh Patel, Mara Nicholl, Lindsey Harju
  • Patent number: 9766957
    Abstract: The present invention gives the methods and processes for automatically servicing user driven requests to find placeholder fields, fill them in with relevant data in a secure manner and securely communicating the data related thereto to the appropriate Android™ device and/or application. More particularly, it relates to the methods and processes for authenticated users to automatically obtain and use the correct filled-in data that allows them to access or use any of a multiple number of Android™ applications and/or services at any time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: McAfee, Inc.
    Inventor: Etienne Caron
  • Patent number: 9693220
    Abstract: A system that includes a processor, a communications means connected to the processor, wherein the communications means is operative to connect to a wireless communications network, a means for accepting two subscriber identification modules (“SIM”), and computer executable instructions readable by the processor, and operative to determine whether a local SIM and a second SIM are present in the means for accepting two SIMs, wherein the local SIM is assigned to a traditional phone number and the second SIM is used to receive or transmit communications to or from the advertisers, where the second SIM card is accessed through an application program (“app”). By downloading the app, the user can access a suite of various application programs, programs and/or advertisements that are accessible through the second SIM card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Isaac S. Daniel
  • Patent number: 9656179
    Abstract: Individual users may log into the same online game from multiple different social networking platforms. The disclosed technology provides a way to unite users' accounts such that users that have logged into the online game from different social networking platforms can have their progress in the online game preserved regardless of which social networking platforms the user logged in from. Business intelligence about differences in the user's value when logging in from the different social networking platforms can be determined and incentivizing actions can be performed on the social networking platforms based on the business intelligence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Ziqiang Xu
  • Patent number: 9600830
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements allow merchants to set up advertising campaigns that distribute special offers or discounts and allows users to forward the special offers to friends. The forwarding of the offers could expose merchants to offering more discounts than budgeted and this is a concern. The invention addresses this by having the forwarded offer check with the merchant server or advertising server to see if there is enough budget in the campaign left to allow the issuance of the forwarded offer, and if so, the server issues a new identifier. If not, the user receiving the forwarded offer receives a message saying the campaign has expired. Since every offer has its own identifier, the forwarding of the offers can be tracked, as well as the redemption, which allows for social metric collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, David T. Wilson, George R. Dicker, Subash Sundaresan