During E-commerce (i.e., Online Transaction) Patents (Class 705/14.23)
  • Patent number: 10304073
    Abstract: A number of sets of methods, systems, and apparatuses applicable to transactions are disclosed. One set includes transaction systems configured to reconcile a transaction among multiple provider accounts or user accounts via derived object attributes and reconciliation matrices. Another set includes methods of reconciling payment of a coupon. Another set includes transaction apparatuses configured to derive object attributes from digital representations to identify purchasable items. Still another set includes methods of mitigating risk of transaction fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Nant Holdings IP, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Soon-Shiong
  • Patent number: 10304117
    Abstract: Techniques for providing items recommendations based on a state of a merchant device are described. For example, a determination of whether or not a merchant device is in an online mode or an offline mode may be made. When it is determined that the merchant device is in the online mode, a recommendation that is received for the current transaction may be presented. When it is determined that the merchant device is in the offline mode, a recommendation that is previously received may be presented. In other examples, other types of recommendations may be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Abhay Kumar, Dan Hipschman, Rong Yan, John Berian James, Gian Perrone, Mai Leduc
  • Patent number: 10296928
    Abstract: A system configured to forecast human behavior is provided. The system includes a memory storing information descriptive of a set of content including a plurality of elements, at least one processor coupled to the memory, and a plurality of components executable by at least one processor. The plurality of components include a mapping engine configured to retrieve the information associated with the set of content from the memory and generate a data space representative of relationships between the plurality of elements, a compression component configured to generate a customer compression representative of a behavior of at least one customer within the data space, a persuasion engine configured to identify at least one customer trajectory through the data space associated with the at least one customer based on at least the customer compression, and an interface component configured to provide output describing the at least one customer trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Coherent Path Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory D. Leibon, Robert C. Taintor, Kyle Lad, Alastair Halliday, Kevin Roisin
  • Patent number: 10235835
    Abstract: A distributed gaming system for providing a game world exchange for a hybrid game. The system includes collecting game play metrics about amounts of real world credits paid out, and amounts of entertainment game world elements accrued, while players play a plurality of a first type and a plurality of a second type of entertainment game and using the game play metrics to determine game world exchange rates for entertainment game world elements between the first type and second type of entertainment game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Eric Meyerhofer, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 10229405
    Abstract: A merchandise sales data processing apparatus includes a code reading unit configured to read a code of a customer purchasing a merchandise, an electronic receipt issuing instruction unit configured to receive an instruction for issuing electronic receipt information associated with merchandise sales data, an electronic receipt generation unit configured to generate the electronic receipt information in correlation with the code of the customer when the instruction for issuing the electronic receipt information is received by the electronic receipt issuing instruction unit, a transmission unit configured to transmit a company code indicating a company and the electronic receipt information generated by the electronic receipt generation unit to an electronic receipt server, and a receipt printing unit configured to print a paper receipt associated with the merchandise sales data when the instruction for issuing the electronic receipt information is not received by the electronic receipt issuing instruction uni
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Gotanda, Taro Ando, Yumiko Okuma, Yasutsugu Sasaki, Katsuhito Mochizuki, Shigeki Nimiya
  • Patent number: 10229403
    Abstract: A system including plural servers efficiently synchronizes data on different servers. When an instruction to update store management data is executed, a management server reports data was updated to the POS server. The POS server sends to the management server information indicating when the store management data was last updated. The management server then sends to the POS server update information including information related to updates to the store management data made between the last update indicated by the received information and the current update, and information indicating when the current update was applied. The POS server updates the store management data based on the update information, and stores information indicating when the current update was applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Kawamori, Kazuyoshi Yamakoshi
  • Patent number: 10186128
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for self-checkout with anti-theft measures. The system comprises: an Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) device configured to be affixed to a merchandise and uniquely identify the merchandise via at least one visually or wirelessly readable code; an Identification (ID) Code Reader configured to: obtain and process the at least one visually or wirelessly readable code associated with the EAS device, and extract information from one or more databases for facilitating a transaction of the merchandise; and an EAS Unlock Device configured to: detect a payment status of the merchandise indicated in the one or more databases based at least upon the at least one visually or wirelessly readable code associated with the EAS device, and in response to detecting a successful payment of the merchandise indicated in the one or more databases, detach the EAS device from the merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: QUEUEHOP, INC.
    Inventors: Lin Gao, Yilin Huang
  • Patent number: 10169751
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a method and a hardware and software system for collecting data from retail point of sale. The hardware connects to a wide variety of barcode scanners and receipt printers. Collected data is transmitted to a cloud-based infrastructure backend system using a wireless internet connection built into the hardware. The collected data can be processed to extract item-level transaction information, and estimate the price and in-stock status of items in particular shops. A search engine can be provided using this data, which allows a customer to discover which nearby shop has an item of interest in stock. A targeted advertising system that complements this search service is also presented. The data can be used by retailers and manufacturers for business analysis and optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: POMO SEARCH LTD
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Cummins, Ian Cummins
  • Patent number: 10163106
    Abstract: A system and method includes an authorization request message configured with information about transaction amounts of items aggregated according to item categories and applicable rates for the items in the respective categories. Based on the information provided in the authorization request, a transaction handler is configured to compute a modified transaction amount for the transaction by reducing the transaction amount of items in one or more of the categories, without reducing the transaction amount(s) of items in one or more other categories, and computing a total transaction amount based on the reduction and the applicable rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Ilker Celikyilmaz, Sivakumar Seshappan, Raman Chinnappan, Kalpana Jogi, Tirtha Mauli Sarkar, Darpan Dewan, Thoithoi Chingakham, Michael Steven Bankston
  • Patent number: 10147113
    Abstract: A number of sets of methods, systems, and apparatuses applicable to transactions are disclosed. One set includes transaction systems configured to reconcile a transaction among multiple provider accounts or user accounts via derived object attributes and reconciliation matrices. Another set includes methods of reconciling payment of a coupon. Another set includes transaction apparatuses configured to derive object attributes from digital representations to identify purchasable items. Still another set includes methods of mitigating risk of transaction fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Nant Holdings IP, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Soon-Shiong
  • Patent number: 10140625
    Abstract: The field of the invention relates to systems and methods for interfacing with a third party website. In one embodiment, a computer system is configured to directly interface with a website via a webpage to change certain numerical values through the use of digital codes. The digital codes are applied to a data entry interface on the webpage, and the responses are monitored and transmitted back to a server system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HONEY SCIENCE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryan David Hudson, George Ruan
  • Patent number: 10115122
    Abstract: A number of sets of methods, systems, and apparatuses applicable to transactions are disclosed. One set includes transaction systems configured to reconcile a transaction among multiple provider accounts or user accounts via derived object attributes and reconciliation matrices. Another set includes methods of reconciling payment of a coupon. Another set includes transaction apparatuses configured to derive object attributes from digital representations to identify purchasable items. Sill another set includes methods of mitigating risk of transaction fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Nant Holdings IP, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Soon-Shiong
  • Patent number: 10115133
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for advertising that performs the steps of delivering an electronic advertisement comprising one or more menu options and a reference to a network location for retrieving specified content associated with each menu option for inclusion in a first electronic document, receiving a selection of one or more menu options from the electronic advertisement and delivering a subsequent accessible document including content from the referenced network location associated with the menu option selected, the subsequent accessible document including the electronic advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Ross Koningstein
  • Patent number: 10090498
    Abstract: Intelligent modular battery pack assemblies and associated charging and docking systems are disclosed. In one embodiment a modular battery pack assembly may include an outer casing assembly, a thermally conductive structural housing element configured to house a battery assembly in an interior volume, a lid element configured to cover the opening in the thermally conductive structural housing element and mechanically strengthen the thermally conductive structural housing element, and a circuit element disposed to electrically couple the battery cell to a battery-powered device and provide viral data transfer between the battery and a coupled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, David A. Cox, Alexander L. Warren, Joseph B. Phaneuf
  • Patent number: 10078830
    Abstract: Provided is a process of classifying ambient signals to reduce fraudulent use of information, the process including: receiving, with the mobile computing device, from a remote server, balance-access information by which a stored value card balance can be spent at a point of sale terminal; storing, with the mobile computing device, the balance-access information; sensing, with one or more sensors of a mobile computing device, ambient signals; classifying the ambient signals as indicating the user is in a retail establishment; and in response to the classification, displaying, on a display screen of the mobile computing device, the balance-access information, such that the balance-access information can be input to a point-of-sale terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: RetailMeNot, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Dragushan, Shaun F. Dubuque
  • Patent number: 10074082
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for a customer splitting a bill with other persons. A bill may be obtained and viewed electronically on a mobile electronic device with electronic receipts software thereon. Using a device configured according to one or more embodiments of the invention, a customer is able to select the bill for splitting as well as selecting other persons to share the cost of items on the receipt. The customer may allocate item cost among those other persons and each person may pay for their individual portion of the bill. Notifications and/or receipt copies may be sent electronically to each person associated with the bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 10074130
    Abstract: A computing platform may receive a plurality of messages comprising data indicating physical presence of customers of a financial institution at a physical banking center location of the financial institution from an indoor positioning system located at the physical banking center location of the financial institution. Responsive to receiving the plurality of messages comprising the data indicating the physical presence of the customers of the financial institution at the physical banking center location of the financial institution, the computing platform may determine that at least one customer of the customers of the financial institution at the physical banking center location of the financial institution has flagged one or more items via an online-banking system of the financial institution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Carrie Anne Hanson
  • Patent number: 10049226
    Abstract: Techniques are described for facilitating access of computing system users to restricted functionality, such as internal functionality of a business or other organization (e.g., internal systems and/or confidential information available to some or all business employees or other organization members). The restricted functionality access may in some situations be provided in conjunction with publicly available information from the organization, such as to use that publicly available information as part of a user interface that allows an authorized subset of users to access the restricted functionality. In some situations, the restricted functionality access may be facilitated by an access provider system that executes on a client computing system of an authorized user, such as a program operating in conjunction with another presentation program that presents publicly available information (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick G. Franklin, Zheyin Li, James K. Keiger, Suresh Kumar
  • Patent number: 10009432
    Abstract: An automated lead management solution receives network traffic from a lead provider server over a network. The network traffic is authenticated, validated, and filtered. Specifically, an intelligent filter engine may filter the network traffic at different levels of granularity such as field, campaign, and tier levels and stop the filtering whenever the network traffic fails an authentication, is invalidated or filtered out. When a lead passes through this rigorous filtering process, the filter engine identifies target system(s) that best matched the lead and sends the lead and data identifying the target system(s) to a ping engine. The ping engine pings the target system(s) sequentially or simultaneously. A response from a target system, which may include an instruction and/or a network address to redirect the network traffic, is then communicated to the lead provider server in real time in response to receiving the network traffic from the lead provider server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Thy Tang, Shuchun Zhang, Zhuliang Lu, Qichao Du
  • Patent number: 9993727
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an online flash game system and method, a flash game web page providing method, a web server for providing web pages for flash game execution, and a storage medium for recording method programs. When a flash game execution is selected, a skin flash module performs a skin flash, which is a frame on a flash game screen, on a user terminal screen, and controls a UI flash module and a game contents flash module. The skin flash module displays the skin flash, which is a frame on the flash game screen, on the user terminal screen, and controls the UI flash module and the game contents flash module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: NHN Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Zoo Il Yang
  • Patent number: 9990660
    Abstract: Member profiles, for the participants of a social networking service and their relationship information with other participants and activity history data, are received. A plurality of groups is generated that include one or more participants. A set of parameters for a collaborative shopping event is received. At least one group is adjusted based upon the set of parameters. The participants of the at least one group are sent an invitation to join the collaborative shopping event. The collaborated shopping event is linked to a cyber shopping service. The at least one group is scored based upon participation of participants in the collaborative shopping event. The participants in the collaborative shopping event are modified based upon the score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chun Yang Gao, Qi Ning Li, Zhen Liu, Leho Nigul, Hong Peng, Yan Zhao
  • Patent number: 9984386
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing or regulating offer listings in an electronic marketplace. Consumer feedback regarding the offer listings may be received and analyzed to generate recommended or candidate rules. The recommended rules may be presented to rule authors for validation. Acceptance and/or rejection of the recommended rules can be used to train or otherwise improve the generation of future recommended rules. The accepted recommended rules can be used to generate final rules. The final rules may be applied to offer listings to trigger a variety of actions including filtering of offer listings, sending notifications to sellers, and updating offer listings user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sandeep Bhatia
  • Patent number: 9965743
    Abstract: A method and system for establishing an electronic communication channel between at least one agent of a first entity and a second entity is provided. The method includes linking the second entity to the at least one agent of the first entity when a trigger is sent by the second entity. Providing one or more software programs over the electronic communication channel to the second entity; initiating an exchange by the at least one agent of the first entity to the second entity. And sending one or more messages over the communication channel between the at least one agent from the first entity and the second entity. The system includes a database containing a link between the agent of the first entity and the second entity. The system also includes a server configured to establish an electronic communication channel between the agent of the first entity and the second entity when a trigger is sent by the second entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: CDW LLC
    Inventors: Yang Sun, David Ding-hua Tzau
  • Patent number: 9934500
    Abstract: A system according to an embodiment comprises one or more processors; and one or more memories in communication with the one or more processors and adapted to store a plurality of machine-readable instructions which when executed by the one or more processors are adapted to cause the system to: offer, by a merchant at a Point of Sale (POS), at least one payment option in connection with a transaction for at least one item, wherein the payment option(s) is presented in a display tailored to a specific user based on information maintained by the merchant about the specific user; and process the transaction using a payment option selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Remi Guyot
  • Patent number: 9922364
    Abstract: Methods are described herein related to enabling users to purchase a product or service by providing a voice request and/or an image. An example method may involve: (a) receiving, by a hybrid response system (“HRS”), a first speech-segment message that comprises a speech segment and is associated with a user-account, (b) the HRS determining that the speech segment indicates a purchase request, (c) the HRS determining a target product/service based on at least the purchase request, (d) the HRS determining a confidence level associated with a purchase of the target product/service, (e) if the confidence level is greater than or equal to a threshold level, then the HRS sending a purchase order, via the associated user-account, for the target product or service, otherwise, the HRS sending the purchase request and the target product/service to at least one guide computing system to facilitate a response to the purchase request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Charles Chen, Rakesh Yadav
  • Patent number: 9922339
    Abstract: A transaction parameter date set comprising input variables characterizing the transaction conditions are collected when an electronic payment is initiated on an electronic payment system. The collected transaction input variables are used to calculate an expected future transaction value using a decision function. The expected future transaction value identifies high utility transaction based on a comparison of the expected future transaction value to a threshold value established while training the decision function on a training data set of known outcome. A high utility transaction can include behavior that if rewarded is likely to retain current users or grow the electronic payment system network by adding new users. If the expected future transaction value exceeds the threshold value the sender of the electronic payment is rewarded by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Travis Harrison Kroll Green, Brian Richard Schneirow
  • Patent number: 9916611
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for collecting website visitor activity for profiling visitor interests and dynamically modifying the content of the website to better match the visitor's profile. The visitor activity data is collected directly from the visitor's client browser or from the website's own web log information. The collected data consists of the page identifier, page links, and the previous page identifier. Similarly, the modified page content can be sent directly to the client browser or can be sent back to the website server for integration with the other page content. The collected data is stored in a database. Based on the amount of information collected on the visitor and the various items that are presented on the website, the visitors and items are profiled so that a visitor's response to other items can be predicted and recommended to the visitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Certona Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey J. Hueter, Steven C. Quandt, Noble H. Hueter, Meyar Sheik
  • Patent number: 9881315
    Abstract: Systems, computer-implemented methods, and computer-readable media for a customizable redemption header for merchant offers, such as online coupons, across browser instances are provided. In some embodiments, a user may open a merchant website in a first browser instance executing on a user device. An offers website may provide offers, such as online coupons, in a second browser instance executing on a user device. When a user selects an offer, an offer identifier may be stored in a browser-accessible storage device. The modification to the browser-accessible storage may be detected and a customizable redemption header having an offer redemption identifier, e.g., a coupon code, and instructions may be provided on the merchant webpage in response to the detection. Additionally, the customizable redemption header may provide user feedback requests upon submission of the coupon code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: RetailMeNot, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas James Shiffert, Jagjit Singh Bath, Mike Paul Cravey, Greg Militello
  • Patent number: 9836773
    Abstract: Embodiments for methods, systems and apparatuses of a commerce network for completing a commercial transaction are disclosed. One computer-method includes receiving, by one or more commerce network servers, a buyer-initiated demand for fulfillment of the commercial transaction, identifying suppliers to satisfy the buyer-initiated demand based on buyer policies and supplier characteristics, requesting quotes from the identified suppliers, receiving quotes from the identified suppliers, evaluating and selecting, by the one or more commerce network servers, one or more of the received quotes, wherein evaluating and selecting the one or more of the received quote comprises applying evaluating criteria to the received quotes, wherein the evaluation criteria includes applying a weighted combination of a plurality of evaluating factors, and facilitating presentation of the one or more selected quotes to the buyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ariba, Inc.
    Inventors: Sudhir Bhojwani, Kshitij Dayal, Sanish Mondkar
  • Patent number: 9805385
    Abstract: A number of sets of methods, systems, and apparatuses applicable to transactions are disclosed. One set includes transaction systems configured to reconcile a transaction among multiple provider accounts or user accounts via derived object attributes and reconciliation matrices. Another set includes methods of reconciling payment of a coupon. Another set includes transaction apparatuses configured to derive object attributes from digital representations to identify purchasable items. Still another set includes methods of mitigating risk of transaction fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nant Holdings IP, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Soon-Shiong
  • Patent number: 9805409
    Abstract: Techniques for allowing a customer to order goods on-line or remotely and to pick-up the goods at a desired location or store are disclosed. The techniques include receiving a customer order. The customer order includes at least one good. The techniques further include populating a virtual basket with a preset list of goods as a function of reference time data and time data associated with the preset list of goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: David Jon Carr, Richard Mark Ramsden
  • Patent number: 9805327
    Abstract: A system and machine-implemented method for providing a user with a to-do list of tasks, the method including determining one or more goals associated with a user, the one or more goals including objectives that the user wants to achieve, identifying one or more notifications associated with the user, each notification notifying the user of an event comprising an action by another user with respect to the user, identifying one or more tasks, the one or more tasks contributing to at least one of the one or more goals and providing a response to the event relating to at least one of the one or more notifications and providing the one or more tasks for display to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Xander Pollock, Dorington George Little, IV
  • Patent number: 9760890
    Abstract: A registration accepting unit accepts registration of a card. A storage unit stores use permission information indicating a disabled state of use permission of the registered card. An instruction accepting unit accepts a use permission enabling instruction of the card from a user terminal. A providing unit provides the user terminal with code information associated with the card for which the use permission enabling instruction has been issued. A changing unit enables the use permission of the card, for which the use permission enabling instruction has been issued and which is stored in the use permission information, for a predetermined period. When receiving the code information from an in-store device installed in a stored, a notifying unit notifies the facility device of whether the use permission of the right that is stored in the use permission information in association with the code information is enabled or disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hidehito Gomi
  • Patent number: 9747617
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein provide systems and methods for providing wireless device activity information to a third party based on acceptance of an offer presented to a user. In a particular embodiment, a method provides detecting an occurrence of one of a plurality of trigger conditions, wherein each of the trigger conditions corresponds to at least one activity performed by a wireless communication device. In response to detecting the occurrence, the method provides presenting a user of the wireless communication device with an offer to provide device activity information for the wireless communication device to a third party. The method further provides receiving a response to the offer from the user, wherein the response comprises an indication of whether the user desires to accept the offer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Geoffrey S. Martin, Jeffrey M. Haydon, Ryan Kent Hannebaum, Krishnakumar K. Bhaskarankutty Nair, Thomas E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9734503
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to allowing retailers of all sizes to log information regarding shoppers and to provide shoppers with product recommendations. The product recommendations may be responsive to logged shopper information, such as shoppers' current or previous browsing habits, for example. The product recommendations also may be responsive to other sources of information, such as search trends on search engines and/or information provided in blogs, social network websites, and/or other websites. A service provider, which is not a retailer, may provide the product recommendations for the retailer, either directly or by providing a script for embedding within the retailer's website. For example, the retail website may include a logging script and/or a product recommendation script, which communicate with one or more backend computing devices to provide the product recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Ullas Gargi
  • Patent number: 9710840
    Abstract: An online lockable device ordering system and method for lockable devices such as padlocks including a key matching module configured for user entry of at least one key identifier configured to unlock certain lockable devices. The key matching module matches the key identifier with a range of stored key identifiers stored in a storage device. Images of lockable devices corresponding to the matched range are displayed on a user display screen, and the user can select a lockable device from the displayed images. The selected lockable device is customized to open with the user's existing key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Hodge Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony A. Hodge
  • Patent number: 9672550
    Abstract: Methods and systems can be provided for providing items manufactured on demand to users. A user request for an item can be received. The item can have 3D manufacturing instructions associated therewith. A delivery method for the item can be determined. A manufacturing apparatus can be selected to manufacture the item based on the 3D manufacturing instructions. Instructions can be sent to the manufacturing apparatus to manufacture the item based on the 3D manufacturing instructions. Delivery instructions can be provided for delivering the item according to the delivery method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Linda Knowlton Apsley, Colin Ian Bodell, Jacob Conrad Danton, Scott Randall Hayden, SaiPrasad Kapila, Eric Lessard, Robert Benjamin Uhl
  • Patent number: 9639670
    Abstract: An entitlement card can be assigned a product key real-time to provide a custom order of benefits including product and/or service, amount, and time. A method facilitating product key assignment for an entitlement can include receiving a request for activating a custom entitlement product key from, for example, a point of purchase. The request includes a request for particular benefits to a redeemer, including the particular product and/or service to be provided and the quantity and time period for the product and/or service. The method further includes assigning the benefits to the product key at the time of the request and activating the product key, which may be later redeemed for the assigned benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jignesh Kacharia, Anand Doshi, Keerti Rane, Tulasi Pratipati, Peter Richard Ricci
  • Patent number: 9621576
    Abstract: There are disclosed techniques for use in detecting malicious websites. In at least one embodiment, there is disclosed a technique for generating a profile in connection with a website. The profile comprising at least one attribute associated with the website. The technique also comprises collecting information relating to the website during a visit to the website. The technique further comprises detecting a change in connection with the website. The detection of the change comprises identifying a variation between the generated profile and the collected information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Alina Oprea, Sumayah Alrwais, Kevin D. Bowers, Todd S. Leetham, Zhou Li, Ronald L. Rivest
  • Patent number: 9606574
    Abstract: A method for controlling a foldable display device comprises displaying first content provided from a first application on a first display region and second content provided from a second application on a second display region in a folded state of the foldable display device, the first application and the second application being applications which are previously installed in the foldable display device; generating a third display region by merging the first display region and the second display region with each other and generating a third application by using at least one of the first application and the second application if the foldable display device is unfolded; and displaying third content provided from the third application on the third display region, the third content being the content generated by reorganizing the first content and the second content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sihwa Park, Doyoung Lee, Jihwan Kim, Sinae Chun
  • Patent number: 9595052
    Abstract: In a system and method for using user behavior and interaction data to rate a reputation of a user, a processor-implemented tracking component tracks an interaction of a user with a network-based publisher. A processor-implemented reputation component generates a reputation value for the user from the tracked user interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Wisam G. Daoud, Sarika Krishnan, Rishikesh Tembe
  • Patent number: 9589263
    Abstract: Automatic payment code display systems and methods include a user device detecting a beacon system at a physical merchant location. The user device establishes a background communication process with the beacon system that occurs without user intervention subsequent to detecting the beacon system. The user device then provides the user account authentication token to the beacon system as part of the background communication process. The user device then receives a payment code from the beacon system as part of the background communication process. The user device then causes the payment code to be displayed, and the displayed payment code is configured to be utilized by a payment processing device at the physical merchant location in a payment transaction. The payment code may be caused to be displayed on a lock screen in a background display process that occurs without user intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventor: Kent Griffin
  • Patent number: 9569451
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system and a method to facilitate the creation of folders that may include a variety of content based upon a check-in at an event. In one or more implementations, a server may be configured to create one or more folders automatically when a user checks into an event via a mobile electronic device. The server is also configured to cause at least one tag to be associated with the folder to define the event. The server can also receive content from the mobile electronic device. Upon receiving the content, the content is associated with the folder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Crowdshifter, LLC
    Inventor: Jamie L. Crager
  • Patent number: 9558507
    Abstract: Provided is a computer implemented process for reminding users of offers that were discovered by the user at one location when, at a later time, the user is at another location, the process including: displaying, with a mobile device, an offer and a reminder interface to indicate that the user requests themselves or another reminder recipient to be reminded of the offer when near another computing device of the reminder recipient; receiving an interaction with the reminder interface by the user and, in response, storing a reminder request in memory, the reminder request identifying the offer; obtaining data identifying the other computing device, a geographic area of the other computing device, or a wireless environment of the other computing device; detecting, with a processor of the mobile device, that the reminder recipient has interacted with the other computing device, entered the geographic area, or entered the wireless environment; and in response to the detection, presenting a notification reminding t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: RetailMeNot, Inc.
    Inventor: Eithan Zilkha
  • Patent number: 9549042
    Abstract: A method for using Bluetooth® information for inferring user context and computing sociability is presented. The method includes receiving wireless sensor data from wireless sensor communication for an electronic device. Information units are formed using the wireless sensor data. User context is inferred using the information units. An entropy metric is computed based on the inferred user context. Social profiling is created based on the entropy metric and one or more user context characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhixian Yan, Jun Yang, Emmanuel M. Tapia
  • Patent number: 9542672
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a mobile client device for providing real-time manufacturer-based financing. In one embodiment, the mobile device is configured to receive a product code associated with a manufacturer product offered for sale at a merchant location. The mobile device may further provide the product code to a financial service provider system configured to create a manufacturer-based financial service account associated with the product manufacturer. Further, the mobile device may provide, to the financial service provider system, information associated with a received account application, where the financial service provider system may create the manufacturer-based financial service account based on the received information and the product code. The mobile device may also receive a purchase code for purchasing the product using the manufacturer-based financial service account, provide it at the merchant POS location, and receive a confirmation of product purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Capital One Financial Corporation
    Inventors: Tobias D. Russell, Drew Jacobs, Luke A. Hammock
  • Patent number: 9507829
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for optimizing allocation of storage resources for computing systems. For example, a method includes performing a storage allocation process to optimize storage of user data in data centers of a computing system. The storage allocation process includes determining a ranking of each data center in the computing system for a given user, and selecting a data center to store user data of the given user, based at least in part on the determined rankings of the data centers for the given user. The data centers are ranked using a ranking function which includes an access ratio that is determined as ratio of (i) a number of times that each of a total number of users in the given data center have accessed shared data of the given user to (ii) a number of data uploads that the given user has made to the computing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventor: Mohamed E. Elsaid
  • Patent number: 9489700
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein disclose a system and method for providing an improved user experience for purchasing a product within an information feed. An information feed is displayed which includes an information post having a product link or otherwise referencing a product. A selection of the product link or the referenced product is received, and product information for a product associated with the product link or referenced product is retrieved. The product information and a purchase selector are displayed within the information feed, in association with the information post. A selection of the purchase selector is received. User payment information is retrieved and displayed in association with the information post in the information feed. User payment information is transmitted, based on a received confirmation from a user. The purchase is then executed, and a confirmation message may be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Gerber, Christopher Boncimino
  • Patent number: 9400987
    Abstract: A system and method for deriving income from URL based context queries. A URL based user context query is received over a network from a user, wherein the user context comprises at least one user context criteria. A query is formulated based on the context criteria so as to search for user profile data, social network data, spatial data, temporal data, topical data and context query bid data that is available via the network and relates to the context so as to identify entries in a context query bid database that relate to user context criteria. A dynamic webpage is generated having content relating to the query and advertisements associated with the selected bid are inserted into the webpage. The dynamic webpage is transmitted to the user. The advertiser associated with the selected bid is charged a fee when a user interface event relating to the dynamic webpage occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Rahul Nair, Marc Eliot Davis, Christopher William Higgins, Simon P. King
  • Patent number: 9384467
    Abstract: A system and machine-implemented method for providing a user with a to-do list of tasks, the method including determining one or more goals associated with a user, the one or more goals including objectives that the user wants to achieve, identifying one or more notifications associated with the user, each notification notifying the user of an event comprising an action by another user with respect to the user, identifying one or more tasks, the one or more tasks contributing to at least one of the one or more goals and providing a response to the event relating to at least one of the one or more notifications and providing the one or more tasks for display to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Xander Pollock, Dorington George Little, IV