Incentive Or Reward Received By Requiring Registration Or Id From User Patents (Class 705/14.36)
  • Patent number: 10445666
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, in part, techniques and systems for creating personalized travel itineraries for users. The personalized itineraries may be created by analyzing prior travel preferences of a user to suggest various locations, activities, time frames, transportation, and/or lodging to the user. In some instance, the personalized itineraries may be created by comparing data associated with the user with data associated with a group of other users to determine a similarity between the user and other users within the group of other users. Where a similarity exists, an itinerary provider may create an itinerary for the user based on the travel preferences of the user and the prior behavior of the similar users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gustavo Eduardo Lopez, Aditya Balwant Pande, Wesley Shawn Davis
  • Patent number: 10430480
    Abstract: An enterprise data processing module and method are described herein. The enterprise data processing module comprises at least one collector and at least one analyzer. The collectors may be operable to collect data pieces from a plurality of data sources. The analyzers may be operable to analyze the collected data pieces to determine cross-source relationships that exist between the data pieces collected from the plurality of sources. The analyzed data pieces may be stored in one or more big-data databases as blocks of data according to the cross-source relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Bitvore Corp.
    Inventors: Greg Bolcer, Alan Chaney, Clay Cover
  • Patent number: 10410201
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and machine-readable media are disclosed for utilizing mobile electronic devices to redeem and report use of various marketing offers such as coupons. According to one embodiment, redeeming and reporting a marketing offer can comprise transmitting information related to the marketing offer from a mobile wallet of the mobile device to a target device. A redemption message can be received at the mobile wallet of the mobile device from the target device. The redemption message can indicate acceptance of the marketing offer. At least a portion of the redemption message can be sent from the mobile wallet of the mobile device to a service provider system providing communication services to the mobile device. Sending the redemption message from the mobile wallet of the mobile device to the service provider system can be performed via a wireless communications network such as a cellular network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FIRST DATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas Byerley, John Cawthorne, Sunil Dewan, Daniel Skowronek, Steven E. Arthur, Christopher L. Toomer
  • Patent number: 10402878
    Abstract: Embodiments facilitate commercial transactions between a user and one or more vendors without requiring a user to provide information unique to a user account for the vendor. Embodiments prompt a user to select one or more vendors from a list of vendors. An authorization is obtained from the user to allow the computer program to retrieve the product from the list of vendors and on behalf of the user. The computer program then requests and receives, from each vendor, information for accessing an electronic resource of the vendor. In embodiments, the received information is unique to the user account for the vendor. The computer program then obtains the product from the vendor based on the received information. The computer program thus presents a centralized management service for obtaining product from a plurality of vendors and without requiring the user to provide user information unique to the user for each vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Freightview, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim A. Barton, Jason Alexander Roberts
  • Patent number: 10379551
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for improved building systems management and maintenance. The present invention provides a system for providing an augmented reality-like interface for the management and maintenance of building systems, specifically the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems within a building, including the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CROWDCOMFORT, INC.
    Inventors: Abdullah Daoud, B. Eric Graham, Galen C. Nelson, Chris Fuentes, Kevin Loos, Jeff McAulay
  • Patent number: 10368188
    Abstract: Methods and systems to perform location-based services using a mobile application on a mobile computing device are discussed. A user uses the mobile computing device to scan a machine-readable element. The mobile application is configured to decode the machine-readable element to identify available types of services that are supported in a location of the machine-readable element. A services management framework determines available ordered services in the location-based on the available types of services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: David Martin Nelms, Bradley Joseph Kieffer, Eytan Daniyalzade
  • Patent number: 10332126
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes receiving vehicle location information. The method also includes delivering a survey to one or more vehicle occupants, over a vehicle audio system, the survey related to a business having some correlation to the location information. Further, the method includes collecting survey results. Also, the method includes relaying the survey results to a remote server for processing. The method additionally includes providing a digital reward to the one or more occupants participating in the survey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yimin Liu, Perry Robinson MacNeille, Joe Phillip Pierucci, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Erica Klampfl
  • Patent number: 10325270
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for environmental credit scoring of a plurality of users, partners, and distributors comprising: registering the plurality of users, partners, and distributors; receiving information from the registered users; receiving environmental activity records from partners, and distributors; assigning each activity an identification number; verifying the environmental activity records; calculating a score of each environmental activity; calculating an environmental credit score of the partners and distributors; receiving data from a point of service system; identifying the environmental activity records of users, partners and distributors, and crediting respective environmental activity records; calculating an environmental credit score for the users based on the environmental activities' data credited under the environmental activity record of the users; analyzing the environmental credit score of the users, partners, and distributors; and publishing the environmental credit scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Maher A Abdelsamie
  • Patent number: 10320721
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for determining and providing an availability status of an individual in a messaging application are provided. Aspects include obtaining historical usage data for the individual for the messaging application, obtaining location data, activity data and calendar data for the individual, and calculating a current availability status for the individual based on the historical usage data, the location data, the activity data and the calendar data. Aspects also include calculating a predicted future availability status for the individual based on the historical usage data, the location data, the activity data and the calendar data and providing the current availability status and the predicted future availability status to other users of the messaging application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James C. Ground, Jr., Rolando Perez, Christopher A. Robbins
  • Patent number: 10311415
    Abstract: A computer system receives, from a client device, a virtual bill request including user identification information of a user associated with the client device and then activates a virtual bill and associates the virtual bill with the client device, the virtual bill having a predefined effective time period. After receiving data corresponding to one or more items added to the virtual bill within the predefined effective time period through respective close proximity data communication between the client device and one or more respective terminals, the computer system determines a value based on the data corresponding to the one or more items and sends a verification request to the client device. Upon receipt of verification information responsive to the verification request, the computer system initiates a transfer of the value from an account associated with the user in accordance with a determination that the verification information is valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Zhenyu Xu, Wa Ye
  • Patent number: 10242382
    Abstract: Systems and methods for redeeming a reward held by an individual are described. A method for redeeming a reward includes determining threshold criteria for provision of a targeted reward redemption offer, identifying at least one individual based upon the threshold criteria, determining the targeted reward redemption offer, and providing the targeted reward redemption offer to the identified individual. A response to the provided targeted reward redemption offer may be received, and an account of the identified individual may be adjusted in accordance with the targeted reward redemption offer and the received response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Willard Lambert, Philip John Spiegel
  • Patent number: 10235729
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing pricing guarantees for prescription drugs are described. In one embodiment, a designation of a pharmacy within a pharmacy network may be received as a preferred pharmacy designation. The preferred pharmacy designation may be associated with a member. A set of preferred pharmacy benefits may be associated with the member and the preferred pharmacy designation. A pharmacy claim associated with the preferred pharmacy designation for a prescription for the member may be adjudicated based on the set of preferred pharmacy benefits. Other methods and systems are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Jon Cedergreen, Katherine Harini Sundararaman, Christopher Ray Fowler
  • Patent number: 10217151
    Abstract: The system may transmit a signal originating from a BLUETOOTH low energy (“BLE”) beacon at a merchant location. The signal may include a first identifier associated with the merchant location and a merchant device. A customer device may receive the signal within a predetermined distance of the BLE beacon. The system may receive a transmission sent by the customer device in response to the signal from the BLE beacon. The transmission may include a second identifier associated with the user. The system may identify the user associated with the customer device based on the second identifier. The user may be at the merchant location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Hans-Jurgen Greiner, Mallikarj U. Hiremath, Kevin H. Ringger, Mukund Shankar Simha
  • Patent number: 10104178
    Abstract: A system including: a processor; and memory, the memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to: receive a request received over a network link, the network link being established between the system and a wearable computing device, the request comprising data corresponding to an event detected by the wearable computing device; and route the request to a resource in accordance with the data of the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Rajiv S. Kumar, Herbert Ristock
  • Patent number: 10089616
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method manage a received mobile transaction coupon in a mobile terminal. The apparatus includes a communication unit, an information analyzer, a schedule manager, an output unit, and a controller. The communication unit receives a mobile transaction coupon. The information analyzer obtains the received mobile transaction coupon information. The schedule manager registers the obtained mobile transaction coupon information in an alarm program. The output unit outputs the registered mobile transaction coupon information on a relevant date via the alarm program. The controller controls to register the mobile transaction coupon information in the alarm program, and controls to store the received mobile transaction coupon in a storage area corresponding to a reception type or a folder for a widget function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byung-Kwon Kong, Soon-Mi Cho
  • Patent number: 10091617
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods, and non-transitory media for consumer interfaces including ambient map displays are discussed herein. Some embodiments may include a system with one or more servers. The one or more servers may be configured to generate a consumer interface including an ambient map display with a graphical representation of a map. The ambient map display may further include merchant location indicators within the map. The merchant location indicators may indicate the activity level for merchant locations that are determined to be near a consumer device, such as through a variable blink rate or other indicator. The activity level may represent, for example, the number of consumers at a particular venue or the rate of a particular consumer activity, such as transaction activity. The system may be configured to provide real-time merchant data to consumer device based on tracking the consumer device location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Leslie Jean Chicoine, Anindha Parthy
  • Patent number: 10044666
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of communicating between devices is disclosed. This method includes: selecting a plurality of options associated with a specialized program; selecting at least one option from the plurality of options; inserting a responsive question associated with the selected at least one option; selecting at least one first message and at least one second message associated with the responsive question; transmitting the responsive question associated with the selected at least one option with the at least one first message and the at least one second message; and receiving the at least one first message and the at least one second message, wherein the at least one first message and the at least one second message is shared to a plurality of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Sean Carter
  • Patent number: 9928493
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods, and non-transitory media for providing point-of-sale functionality are discussed herein. Some embodiments may include a system including a merchant device and a consumer facing device. The merchant device may include a merchant display device configured to present interactive displays of a merchant facing interface configured to be used by merchants. The consumer facing device may be configured to present interactive displays of a consumer facing interface configured to be used by consumers. The point-of-sale system may be configured to facilitate financial transactions and other forms of consumer service. For example, merchant inputs provided via the merchant facing interface (e.g., entered menu items) may be shown on the consumer facing interface. In another example, consumer inputs provided via the consumer facing interface be sent to the merchant device and/or otherwise used by the merchant device to facilitate a financial transaction, among other things.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: David Scott Parker, Tim Loong Mun, Raúl Eduardo Acuña Carrasco, Kavin Arasu, Peter Hong
  • Patent number: 9912814
    Abstract: A wearable computing device. The wearable computing device includes a wireless communications interface and a processor device coupled to the wireless communications interface. The processor device is configured to monitor a personal performance activity of a wearer of the wearable computing device. The processor device is further configured to receive, via the wireless communications interface, a business performance metric alert that indicates that a business performance metric quantifier that quantifies a business performance metric of an individual is an undesirable value. The processor device is further configured to signal a wearer of the wearable computing device that the wearable computing device has received the business performance metric alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Yoakum, Tony McCormack
  • Patent number: 9892448
    Abstract: A method for linking a transaction account to an offer includes: storing a plurality of account profiles, each profile including data related to a transaction account including an account identifier; receiving offer data from an entity, the data including data related to an offer for the purchase of goods or services; storing an offer data entry, the data entry including the offer data; generating an offer identifier associated with the offer data; transmitting the offer identifier to the entity; receiving an offer acceptance notification, the notification including a specific account identifier and the offer identifier; identifying a specific account profile that includes the specific account identifier; and updating at least one of the specific account profile and the offer data entry to indicate a linkage of the related transaction account to the offer data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jose-Luis Celorio-Martinez, Sheila Narayanan
  • Patent number: 9848300
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods, and non-transitory media for consumer interfaces including ambient map displays are discussed herein. Some embodiments may include a system with one or more servers. The one or more servers may be configured to generate a consumer interface including an ambient map display with a graphical representation of a map. The ambient map display may further include merchant location indicators within the map. The merchant location indicators may indicate the activity level for merchant locations that are determined to be near a consumer device, such as through a variable blink rate or other indicator. The activity level may represent, for example, the number of consumers at a particular venue or the rate of a particular consumer activity, such as transaction activity. The system may be configured to provide real-time merchant data to consumer device based on tracking the consumer device location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie Jean Chicoine, Anindha Parthy
  • Patent number: 9830062
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing content performance using click types are provided. A content generation system receives request for a content item for presentation on a client device. The request includes an indication of a serving context for the content item. The content generation system uses a click type performance model and the serving context for the content item to calculate a predicted performance metric for the content item for multiple different potential click types. Each of the potential click types defines different criteria for triggering an event that occurs in response to a user interaction with the content item when the defined criteria are satisfied. The content generation system selects one of the potential click types based on the predicted performance metrics and generates a content item having the selected click type. The click type performance model is updated using event data from the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Guannan Zhang, Yongtai Zhu
  • Patent number: 9703832
    Abstract: In one aspect thereof the exemplary embodiments provide a data processing system that includes at least one data processor; at least one memory connected with the data processor and that stores computer software that is executable by the at least one data processor; at least one database storing a plurality of fares and rules establishing conditions under which at least one of the fares can be applied; and an interface to at least one user and configured to receive from the user a fare inquiry. The data processor is configured with the computer software to cause the data processing system to receive a fare inquiry that contains at least one rule attribute, to perform a first search to determine rule data applicable to the at least one rule attribute, and to perform a second search using the rule data to retrieve a list of fares that are applicable to the rule data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amadeus S.A.S.
    Inventors: Jérôme Bauchot, David Dufour, Frederic Lobello, Muriel Becker
  • Patent number: 9697552
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for social shopping on a network-based marketplace. The method receives, over a network at a social shopping platform, a request from a user in a first community of users. The social shopping platform includes multiple network-based marketplaces respectively associated with communities that include the first community of users that is associated with a first network-based marketplace. The method identifies the first network-based marketplace from the network-based marketplaces based on the request. The request is for an activity associated with the first network-based marketplace. The first network-based marketplace is used by the first community of users to transact items of a single domain that is of interest to the first community of users. The method updates a listing reputation score based on the activity associated with the first network-based marketplace and a user reputation score based on the listing reputation score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9671234
    Abstract: Embodiments may include determining a navigation route between an origination and a destination; the route may span multiple portions of a map. Embodiments may also include receiving an order of priority in which to receive the multiple portions of the map; the order may be generated based on distinct levels of expected signal strength for each of the multiple portions. For instance, within the order of priority, map portions associated with areas of low signal strength may be ranked higher than areas of higher signal strength. Embodiments may also include acquiring at least some of the portions of the map according to the order of priority, and generating a map display comprising the multiple portions of the map. For instance, map portions associated with areas of poor reception may be downloaded first whereas map portions associated with strong signal strength may be downloaded on-the-fly during route navigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Blumenberg, Seejo K. Pylappan
  • Patent number: 9595058
    Abstract: A customer is provided with a personalized retail experience using a retail kiosk or mobile device that is enabled for near-field communication (NFC). The kiosk is provided with customer identifying information through an NFC-based communication with a customer's user device. The kiosk authenticates the customer based on the identifying information, retrieves retail information associated with the customer from a back-end server, and provides the personalized retail experience using the retrieved information. In one example, the personalized retail experience is provided based on customer-input received through an NFC reader of the kiosk. Also, the mobile device can be provided with a retail store identifier through an NFC-based communication link with an NFC tag for the store. The personalized retail experience can then be provided through the mobile device based on retail information for the retail store that is retrieved by the mobile device based on the identifier obtained through NFC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Cellco Partnership
    Inventor: Mohammad Raheel Khalid
  • Patent number: 9520021
    Abstract: To conduct a contest, game parameters are downloaded from a server to a device in response to a player app being launched on the device. The player device displays available games that can be played by a player, the games including target game locations from which the games can be played. A player is allowed to select a game to play only when the player is within a predetermined distance of a target game location and when check-ins are still available for the game. A jackpot prize is awarded to the player if the player is a winner of a game selected by the player. The player is entered in a raffle if the player is not the winner of the game selected by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Inventor: Anthony D Bautista
  • Patent number: 9494444
    Abstract: A data acquisition apparatus includes a processing resource operably coupled to an input unit and an output unit. The processing resource is arranged to provide an execution environment for supporting a user interface. An enquiry module is provided and supported by the execution environment. In at least one embodiment, the apparatus also includes a communications unit operably coupled to the processing resource for supporting communications over a communications network. The enquiry module is arranged to generate a search query relating to a point of interest and receive search results in response thereto via the communications unit, the enquiry module also being arranged to use the search results to derive data associated with the point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventors: Sjoerd Aben, Erik Thomassen, Teun De Haas
  • Patent number: 9373124
    Abstract: Multiple copies of the same coupon are delivered to a consumer simultaneously via different delivery channels. After one copy of the coupon has been presented in connection with a transaction and used, the coupon is marked as used with respect to all delivery channels for that consumer. Different copies of the coupon can have different coupon identifiers, for example when delivered through different channels. Consumers also can access such multichannel coupons without having to login each time they wish to access their coupons from multiple channels. In one implementation, each consumer has a user profile. A promotion is associated with that consumer's user profile. Each user profile also is associated with different channel identifiers representing communication channels to deliver instances of the promotion to the consumer. Each delivered instance of the promotion includes a coupon identifier associated with the promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Codebroker, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Slavin, Pero Smrzlic
  • Patent number: 9280777
    Abstract: An operations dashboard may be used to present recommended solutions to various challenges faced by a retail store that is part of an enterprise. In some implementations, a metrics engine may be used to track and diagnose challenges related to various performance metrics, such as inventory, pricing, customer satisfaction, and the like at one or more of the enterprise's retail store locations. The operations dashboard may, in certain embodiments, display one or more of the retail stores along with their corresponding diagnosed business challenges. A knowledge engine may be used to identify one or more solutions to the diagnosed business challenges, and the solutions may also be displayed on the dashboard. In some implementations, each of these solutions may have a corresponding recommendation score relating to the expected efficacy of the solution to solve the challenge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Bilicki, Rebecca Roeder
  • Patent number: 9275397
    Abstract: A financial transaction system includes a computer readable storage medium and a processor in communication with the computer readable storage medium. The processor is configured to receive a financial transaction request message from a payment device reader, and parse the financial transaction request message. The financial transaction request message includes a cardholder response to an offer to enroll in a loyalty program of a commercial entity. The processor is further configured to store the cardholder response in the computer readable storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: VISA U.S.A. INC.
    Inventor: Brian Jeffrey Maw
  • Patent number: 9230272
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for smart line routing using wireless beacons. A merchant may set up a wireless beacon throughout a storefront or retail location for the merchant. The beacons may connect to a user's device and provide check-in services to the user. Based on the connections between the user's device and the wireless beacons, information about the user's behavior in the merchant location may be determined. The information may correspond to items/services the user may purchase and an amount of items/services the user may purchase. Using this information and a payment instrument the user utilizes to complete a transaction for the items/services, and expected time for the user to complete a checkout and payment to the merchant may be determined. The expected time can be used to direct the user to a checkout line that minimizes a wait time for each line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: David Edward Eramian
  • Patent number: 9230274
    Abstract: A system and method for providing RFID dynamic content presentation using wireless devices and RFID technologies. The method comprises providing a wireless capable device which is configured to receive RFID information and store the RFID information in storage for later retrieval. The system is an infrastructure which comprises at least one RFID tag which stores RFID information; and a wireless capable device which is configured to receive the RFID information and store the RFID information in storage for later retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark D. Dennard, Randy S. Johnson, Ellen L. Lewis, Tedrick N. Northway, Michael P. Outlaw, Matthew B. Trevathan
  • Patent number: 9202222
    Abstract: A method and system of dispatching a non-digital merchandise and/or allied services related code is described, via a device operable on a mobile communication network. The method involves providing a pre-defined code indicative of non-digital merchandise and/or allied services on a promotional medium, the promotional medium being viewable by a user. The predefined code is input via a device operable on a mobile communication network by the user. The pre-defined code is stored in a storage medium. The stored code is analyzed for determining consumer requirements, so as to extract requisite information from the storage medium. The information is extracted from storage medium according to the analyzed code. Extracted information is communicated to a consumer and a merchandise provider via a device operable on the mobile communication network. Transformation of the extracted information is performed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Mitesh Thakker
  • Patent number: 9129294
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing coupons, including targeted coupons associated with, for example, loyalty programs and the like from coin counting kiosks are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method for providing a coupon includes receiving coins from a consumer and counting the coins to determine a value. The method further includes providing a voucher to the consumer that is redeemable for cash and/or merchandise. The method can further include providing a coupon to the consumer that is based at least in part on prior purchase information associated with the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Outerwall Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Yahn
  • Patent number: 9117226
    Abstract: A system and method for delivering an authorized in-store promotion to a consumer includes storing in an offer database a plurality of offer data items for use in creating an in-store promotion. The method further includes storing in an authorization database an authorization parameter. In response to receiving a request from a consumer device to present the in-store promotion, the server uses the authorization parameter to verify that the request is authorized without requesting additional information from a consumer operating the consumer device. When the request is authorized, the server dynamically generates the in-store promotion using at least one of the plurality of data items stored in the offer database. Once generated, the server transmits the in-store promotion to the consumer device without any system-specific client software to be stored by the consumer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: OnCard Marketing, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Hansen, Seth H. Sarelson, Johnathan A. Treiber
  • Patent number: 9106704
    Abstract: Systems and methods to selectively block calls from reaching destinations based on an input received from a callback connection. One embodiment includes a web server to receive a selection of an advertisement from an customer and to obtain a communication reference from the customer in response to the selection; a session border controller to interface with a packet switched network; and one or more telecommunication servers coupled to the session border controller and the web server, the one or more telecommunication servers to establish a connection for real time communications using the communication reference, to initiate a connection for real time communications with an advertiser of the advertisement after receiving an indication of acceptance of the connection established using the communication reference; where the advertiser is charged an advertisement fee in response to establishing a connection for real time communications between the advertiser and the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: YELLOWPAGES.COM LLC
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Paul G. Manca, Sean Van Der Linden, Virginia Hong-Jia Yang
  • Publication number: 20150127436
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to joining a computing device in a local network to a community Wi-Fi network. The community Wi-Fi network includes disparate computing devices that share respective network bandwidth capacities with member consumer devices of the community Wi-Fi network. The computing device receives an opt-in signal indicating that the computing device desirably be added to the community Wi-Fi network. Responsive to receiving the opt-in signal, the computing device retrieves account parameters. The account parameters include data indicating a network bandwidth capacity allocated to the account, which is usable by the computing device. A shared portion of the network bandwidth capacity is determined based at least in part upon the parameters of the account. The computing device is configured to share the shared portion of the network bandwidth capacity for consumption by member consumer device(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: David Neil MacDonald, Vikas Singh, Saumaya Sharma, Darya Mazandarany, Triptpal Singh Lamba, Piyush Goyal, Brent Edward Ford
  • Patent number: 9015277
    Abstract: Multiple copies of the same coupon are delivered to a consumer simultaneously via different delivery channels. After one copy of the coupon has been presented in connection with a transaction and used, the coupon is marked as used with respect to all delivery channels for that consumer. Different copies of the coupon can have different coupon identifiers, for example when delivered through different channels. Consumers also can access such multichannel coupons without having to login each time they wish to access their coupons from multiple channels. In one implementation, each consumer has a user profile. A promotion is associated with that consumer's user profile. Each user profile also is associated with different channel identifiers representing communication channels to deliver instances of the promotion to the consumer. Each delivered instance of the promotion includes a coupon identifier associated with the promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Codebroker, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Slavin, Pero Smrzlic
  • Patent number: 9015595
    Abstract: A system for serving localized advertisements receives data that defines an advertisement from an advertiser and determines a geographic location of the advertiser. The system also receives a request to serve an advertisement from a browser operated by a user and determines a geographic location associated with the user. The system communicates the advertisement to the browser if the geographic location associated with the user matches the geographic location of the advertiser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Nussel, Allie K. Watfa, Jonathan Kilroy
  • Publication number: 20150100398
    Abstract: A method for dynamic coupon pricing includes steps of: receiving an indication of a trigger event regarding a value of a coupon; receiving an identification of the coupon; calculating a real-time value of the coupon by automatically updating the stated value of the coupon according to coupon price parameters; and providing the real-time value of the coupon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chandrasekhar Narayanaswami, Alan G. Cole
  • Patent number: 9001979
    Abstract: An electronic advertising system anonymously directs the attention of a user to content provided by an advertiser, in exchange for subsequently permitting the same user to access otherwise restricted desirable content of another part. Such desirable content may include online entertainment media, digital video content, social media, news media, and other privileged services or data. The user accumulates points, or virtual currency, in exchange for viewing the advertisements of vendor affiliates of the present system. The user may then spend previously accumulated points, or virtual currency, in order to access desirable content of redeemer affiliates of the present system. The present system further facilitates financial transactions between the system operator, vendor affiliates, and redeemer affiliates, relative to the movement of virtual currency amongst the various parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph D. Nix, Michael Wallace Verhulst, Donald Charles Ganiere, Matthew Wayne Cox, Christopher Warren Smith, Thomas Nathaniel Supple
  • Patent number: 8996401
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer readable medium storing computer executable programs for tracking customer response to a coupon are disclosed. A coupon is issued. A first determination is made regarding whether the coupon has been selected for viewing by a customer. A first state is assigned to the coupon based on the first determination. A second determination is made regarding whether the coupon has been redeemed by the customer. A second state is assigned to the coupon based on the second determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jun Li, Ismail Ari, Elsa Durante
  • Patent number: 8996399
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention relates to a product promotion method. Another embodiment of the present invention relates to a product promotion system. In one specific example, the present invention provides a product promotion method, comprising: selecting at least one winning prize for the product promotion; selecting a time period over which the product promotion will be run; selecting a number of prize-winning items that are sold in a store; and providing at least a portion of the winning prize to a person who purchases from the store, during the time period over which the product promotion will be run, all of the selected prize-winning items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Million Dollar Mix, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew H. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20150088627
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for aggregating multiple quantities of services and/or multiple customers such that offers of value-added services and/or products can be requested. The method includes requesting quantities of services and/or products based upon an individual's predetermined buyer identifier. The predetermined buyer identifier comprises: a buyer profile associated with one or more third-party accounts; a buyer profile having one or more contract dates; and a buyer profile associated with one or more services and/or products. Next the method determines the availability of services and/or products from third-party suppliers based on the individual's predetermined buyer identifier. The method then determines which value-added services and/or products third-party suppliers may offer based on the individual's predetermined buyer identifier. The third-party supplier offers are matched with the individual's predetermined buyer identifier to create one or more third-party sales packages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Bate, Pranav Patel, Lui King, Stuart Bate
  • Patent number: 8988418
    Abstract: A system and method for the aesthetic design of a modular assemblage, comprising means for providing a client graphic user interface for receiving an input for defining parameters of the modular assemblage, and for presenting an image of the defined modular assemblage; communicating a code to a server representing the defined parameters; at the server, in dependence on the communicated code, defining a set of graphic elements corresponding to the defined modular assemblage; communicating the graphic elements from the server to the client; and displaying, at the client, the graphic elements received from the server to represent the defined modular assemblage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Florelle, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Banschick, Andrei Gurulev
  • Patent number: 8943531
    Abstract: A hospitality establishment includes guest rooms having media devices installed therein. Each guest room has one or more in-room media devices for providing a pay-per-use media function. A media system controller dynamically associates a credit corresponding to a monetary value with a particular guest room in response to an occurrence of a first event, configures an in-room media device of the particular guest room to indicate the credit associated with the particular guest room and allow a guest of the particular guest room to utilize at least an amount of the credit toward an order of the pay-per-use media function, activates the pay-per-use media function on at least one of the in-room media devices of the particular guest room in response to a received order, and decreases the credit associated with the particular guest room according to the amount of the credit utilized toward the received order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventor: Gavin Ostlund
  • Patent number: 8930236
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to electronic commerce (e-commerce) systems and media platforms, for use with both mobile and non-mobile systems, to deploy virtual advertising and promotion via the use of electronic coupons, and more particularly a method and system for aggregating and distributing carbon reduction credits in connection with the creation and/or use of electronic coupons or virtual electronic rebates (VeeBates) and permitting individuals and groups within one or more social communications networks to participate in and transmit information to others about their activities related to the virtual advertising, incentives, redemption and promotion and aggregate carbon credits in connection therewith, either as part of the incentive or aggregation by the incentive promoter as part of its activities in reducing its carbon footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Transactis, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Gillenson, James Daniel Fornari
  • Patent number: 8910231
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring media services is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a portal having a controller element to detect an installation of an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) media receiver in an IPTV media system and adapt at least a portion of the portal according to the installation. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 8904488
    Abstract: An instant messaging system may be used to allow an auxiliary account to log in and manage an online shop of a primary account user. The primary account user creates an online shop in an online shop server, and associates itself with one or more auxiliary accounts in an instant messaging system. Upon authorization by primary account user to allow an auxiliary account to manage the online shop, the system records an authorization relation between the auxiliary account and the primary account. The authorization relation may be recorded in the instant messaging system. Based on the recorded authorization relation, the system allows a user of the authorized auxiliary account to manage the online shop system through the instant messaging system. An instant messaging server serving for this purpose is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Jian Zhang