Incentive Or Reward Received By Requiring Registration Or Id From User Patents (Class 705/14.36)
  • Patent number: 11004086
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system and method for reporting lost items includes presenting a lost item reporting link associated with an entity having a plurality of different physical establishment locations; receiving a user selection of the lost item reporting link; presenting at a website, in response to the user selection of the lost item reporting link, a graphical user interface configured to solicit lost item recovery information, the website being associated with the entity having the plurality of different physical establishments; receiving the lost item recovery information via the graphical user interface; and transmitting the lost item recovery information to a third party online lost and found system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Chargerback, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Colodny, Michael McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 11003662
    Abstract: Trigger-free asynchronous maintenance of custom indexes and skinny performance meta-structures is described. A database system receives a request to manipulate data in an object in a database table, and determines whether the object in the database table is associated with a user-based data structure. If the object in the database table is associated with the user-based data structure, the database system manipulates the data in the object in the database table and data in an object in an intermediate data table. The database system receives a query, and determines whether the query requests any data that is in the user-based data structure. If the query requests any data that is in the user-based data structure, the database system creates a query result by combining any data that is in the object in the intermediate data table with any requested data that is in the user-based data structure, and outputs the query result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Rohitashva Mathur
  • Patent number: 10999699
    Abstract: An object locating method, wherein a server may obtain a correspondence relationship between an object and an object storage device and a correspondence relationship between an object storage device and a prompt device, and after the server receives a request for a sought target object, determining an object storage device corresponding to the target object based on a first correspondence relationship, determining a prompt device corresponding to the object storage device based on a second correspondence relationship, and transmitting a control signal to the prompt device, to control directing the prompt device to output prompt information. With the correspondence relationship between the prompt device and the object storage device reflecting the setup locations of both, after a user confirms a prompt device outputting prompt information, the location of a storage device storing the target object may be determined based on the location of the prompt device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Wanjun Liu
  • Patent number: 10997251
    Abstract: An Internet of Thing (IoT) device includes a transceiver coupled to a processor. Contracts can be used with the device to facilitate secure operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Bao Tran, Ha Tran
  • Patent number: 10977689
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile terminal, comprising: a display unit; a wireless communication unit for providing a communication interface for communication with a vehicle or an external server; and a control unit for setting, when reserving a vehicle, an amount of advertisement to be consumed in the vehicle, and for providing fee deduction information, according to the set amount of advertisement, to the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jipyo Hong, Sooyon Chung
  • Patent number: 10970038
    Abstract: Provided is an improved direct store delivery (DSD) system for providing customized information to a user. The DSD system includes a device that receives a first voice command from the user and determines a current location of the user. The first voice command is then transformed into a first text request based on a conversion of the points in speech to points in data. Further, the first text request is processed to determine a first set of information, based on a current location of the device, to be provided audibly to the user. The first set of information is transmitted to the user through speech. The device further receives a second voice command from the user to interact with the first set of information. The second voice command is processed to determine a final set of information, and the final set of information is visually displayed to the user in an instance in which the user has arrived at a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Swift
  • Patent number: 10972867
    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: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie Jean Chicoine, Anindha Parthy
  • Patent number: 10955260
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to determine a predicted wait time at a commercial point-of-interest for an estimated time-of-arrival are disclosed. An example method includes determining an estimated time-of-arrival of a vehicle at a commercial point-of-interest and obtaining current wait-time data and historical wait-time data for the estimated time-of-arrival for the commercial point-of-interest. The example method includes determining, via a processor, a predicted wait time for the estimated time-of-arrival based on the current wait-time data and the historical wait-time data and communicating the predicted wait time to a user interface of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dave A. Herman, Nicholas Colella, Andrea Bowes Chowanic, Colleen M. Cauvet
  • Patent number: 10956959
    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: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jose-Luis Celorio-Martinez, Sheila Narayanan
  • Patent number: 10942901
    Abstract: In a media automation system, a database server transmits a request to a traffic and billing system to identify both an advertisement for potential inclusion in a content block, and a first primary programming item to be scheduled adjacent to the advertisement in a broadcast log, i.e. a paired advertisement and primary programming item, and receives a message identifying the advertisement and the first primary programming item from the traffic and billing system in response to that request. The database server responds to the message from the traffic and billing system by inserting the advertisement into the broadcast log adjacent to the first primary programming item, transmitting a signal notifying the traffic and billing system that the advertisement and the first primary programming item have been inserted into the broadcast log, and delivering the broadcast log to a media server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lee Littlejohn, David C. Jellison, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10943135
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes at least one processor configured to determine, on the basis of information concerning traveling of a vehicle obtained when an image is taken by an image pickup unit of the vehicle, a scene present when the image is taken; and transmit information indicating the determined scene and the image to a terminal connected to the information processing apparatus via a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuya Nishimura, Yoshihiro Oe
  • Patent number: 10937060
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The method computer program products, and systems can include, for instance: adjusting a transmission parameter associated to a notification process for outputting a notification; determining a priority of users currently within an area of interest, the area of interest including an area of a venue; and outputting the notification to a subset of the users based on the adjusting and the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat Deluca, Jeremy A. Greenberger
  • Patent number: 10915939
    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: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jose-Luis Celorio-Martinez, Sheila Narayanan
  • Patent number: 10841634
    Abstract: An online system receives requests to present content to users. The online system adds a code to the content that provides an indication to users that the content may be eligible for compensation when a user interacts with the content and the code directing the user's device to the online system. When the user interacts with the content, the user device accesses the online system, which authenticates the user's identity. Users may then receive a payment or micropayment from the online system for interacting with the content item. The online system may provide such payments for many types of content from various sponsors, such that the online system provides content with a code for various content and permits the online system to preserve user privacy while presenting such content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: HTMA Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Kathleen Craig, Brian Matteson, Justin Morton, Nancy Benovich Gilby
  • Patent number: 10839415
    Abstract: Programmable device processors are configured by aspects of the present invention to automatically generate item offers in response to behavior attributes determined for a person receiving the offer. Said configured processor determines current personality traits for the person from analysis of activity data, identifies geographically proximate transactional channels available for presentment of an offer to the person, and generates an item offer to include attribute values that match a determined personality trait and satisfy a need indicated by demographic data applicable to the person. The configured processor select one of the available transactional channels for presentment of the item offer to the person, in response to determining an indication in the transactional behavior of a higher likelihood of acceptance by the person of the presented offer when presented via the selected transactional channel, relative to presentment via another, unselected one of the currently available transactional channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney L. Fleming, Shiju Mathai, Wade A. Miller
  • Patent number: 10803433
    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: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Zhenyu Xu, Wa Ye
  • Patent number: 10796331
    Abstract: A decentralized offer management system is described. An appliance may be capable of storing and managing offers related to the appliance without communication with a central server. The appliance may receive and store offer attributes related to offers received from an offer provider computer. When a user utilizes their user device to communicate with the appliance, the appliance may determine offers related to the stored offer attributes that can be provided to the user. In some cases, the offers may be specific to the appliance or specific to the user. The appliance may send an offer to the user device, where the offer may indicate that the user is to perform certain actions to qualify to redeem the offer. The appliance may verify that the user has performed such actions before enabling the offer to be redeemed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventor: David White
  • Patent number: 10783544
    Abstract: In one implementation, a system with a decentralized architecture to provide secure loyalty program includes a plurality of separate database systems to disperse storage of data for the secure loyalty program across a plurality of separate file systems with different authentication and encryption schemes, a loyalty program computer system to securely allocate loyalty rewards in real-time, a first intermediary computer system to securely manage and provide access to the first intermediary database system, and a second intermediary computer system to securely manage and provide access to the second intermediary database system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Westley M. Stringfellow
  • Patent number: 10769181
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products notify of health events. Personal health information is stored in memory of a mobile communications device. A peer device is discovered through a wireless personal data network. The peer device is queried for anonymous health information. The anonymous health information is aggregated with the personal health information to produce aggregated health information. The aggregated health information is stored in the memory of the mobile communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Farooq Bari, Sankar Ray
  • Patent number: 10755290
    Abstract: Systems as described herein may include predicting item level data based on merchant advertisement information. A transaction pattern may be detected. The merchant advertisement information may be retrieved and parsed to generate a price list. A number of transactions that each shares a common payment amount may be determined and the number may reach a threshold value. Items from the price list may be matched with the common payment amount. The transaction records may be updated to indicate likely item level transaction information. In a variety of embodiments, the likely transaction information may be presented to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Edwards, Adam Vukich, George Bergeron
  • Patent number: 10755312
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: identifying a geocache at a geocache-location; determining an external association for representing the geocache associated with an entity, an event, or a combination thereof; determining an external status for identifying the external status of the entity, the event, or a combination thereof; and generating a cache status based on the external status for displaying on a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Stewart Aist
  • Patent number: 10657768
    Abstract: A system and method for user interaction includes a network, a server connected to the network, a supervisor device receiving information from a global positioning system and connected to the network, a user device receiving information from the global positioning system and connected to the network. The supervisor, having the supervisor device, defines a set of virtual geographic zones, sub-zones, and micro-zones in which the user device is tracked, and saves the set of virtual geographic zones and sub-zones to a supervisor account on the server. The user downloads a user application, sets-up a user account, and downloads the set of virtual geographic zones and sub-zones. As the user, having the user device, moves through the virtual geographic zones, sub-zones and micro-zones the location of the user device is determined and a set of supervisor-defined actions are executed on the user device based on the location of the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Zonal Systems, LLC
    Inventors: James L. Northrup, Robert L. Pierce, II
  • Patent number: 10643243
    Abstract: Systems and related methods of providing promotions to consumers based on proximity to communication beacons are discussed herein. Some embodiments may provide for a system including a communication beacon and a central system. The communication beacon may be associated with a merchant and located at a merchant shop. Based on receiving consumer presence data from the communication beacon indicating that a consumer device and the communication beacon has formed a direct wireless connection, the server may be configured to provide merchant information, promotions, or other messages to the consumer device. In some embodiments, messages may be generated by the merchant and targeted to consumers based on consumer device location, consumer demographics, among other things. Furthermore, the server may provide consumer information to a merchant device to facilitate consumer service, point-of-sale, and seamless transactions and promotion redemptions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Varun Krishna, Marius Ciocirlan, Peter Bergstrom, Benjamin Kim
  • Patent number: 10565993
    Abstract: A system and method of enhancing group decision-making within messaging platforms, the method comprising analyzing a conversation thread between two or more participants communicating using a messaging platform; identifying one or more keywords occurring in the conversation thread associated with an event characteristic; determining a contextual use of the one or more keywords; determining one or more events relevant to the identified event characteristic and the contextual use; locating and retrieving event-related information for the one or more events from a decision support system; and presenting the retrieved event-related information to the two or more participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Hebert, Anthony Mutalipassi, Nicholas Lewerke, Levon Karayan
  • Patent number: 10503874
    Abstract: A system to verify the identity of a recipient requesting fulfillment of a prescription for a pharmaceutical product includes a point-of-sale retail personal identification number entry device (pinpad) and a workstation that stop a transaction for the pharmaceutical product from proceeding in response to a request associated with a claim for dispensing the pharmaceutical product. A first input for data identifying a member of a rewards program is entered with the pinpad, and a second input for data identifying a recipient of the prescription is entered with the workstation. The workstation compares the data identifying the member of the rewards program against the data identifying the recipient of the prescription. If there is a match between the data identifying the member of the rewards program and the data identifying the recipient of the prescription, the pinpad and workstation allow the transaction for the pharmaceutical product to proceed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Nicolet L. Leonardo, Averill D. Gordon, Ugochi C. Baker
  • Patent number: 10474979
    Abstract: Review data associated with a plurality of entities is received. Each of the entities is associated with a particular industry and the review data comprises review data obtained from a plurality of review sites. From at least a portion of the received review data, a review benchmark for the industry is determined. The benchmark is provided as output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Reputation.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey James Piper, Brent Michael Franson, Thomas Gerardo Dignan
  • 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: 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: 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: 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