Online Discount Or Incentive Patents (Class 705/14.39)
  • Patent number: 10242068
    Abstract: Systems and methods for ranking and appraising leads according to their quality are disclosed. The disclosed method operates within a systems' architecture configured to rank and auction leads. One or more client computing devices allow an agent to request for the ranking and appraisal of a set of leads. Following the request, a ranking module implements one or more software modules for assessing the quality of each lead and ranks the set of leads according to a quality criterion. Next, a price modeling module defines a floor price for the set of leads. The solutions derived from the software modules are stored in an internal database where they are available to other software modules operating within the system architecture for ranking and auction leads. In some embodiments, the ranking results are used for tracking results and developing insight about the value of leads and the effectiveness of the ranking method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
    Inventors: Gareth Ross, Tricia Walker
  • Patent number: 10237231
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computer-readable medium, and an apparatus operable to perform the method is provided for managing multiple provisioned domain name system (“DNS”) registry objects. The method can include receiving, at a DNS registry, a multiple domain extensible provisioning protocol (“EPP”) command from a registrar on behalf of a registrant to perform an action for each provisioned DNS registry object of the multiple provisioned DNS registry objects; comparing the action with one or more allowable actions in a policy maintained by the registry; determining, by a processor, that the action is allowable based on the comparing; and performing, based on the determining, the action on each of the provisioned DNS registry objects in one transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: VERISIGN, INC.
    Inventors: James F. Gould, Srikanth Veeramachaneni, Nagesh Chigurupati
  • Patent number: 10194262
    Abstract: A method includes receiving an audio signal at a mobile computing device and determining whether the audio signal is within a particular frequency range using an application executing at the mobile computing device. When the audio signal is within the particular frequency range, the audio signal may be processed to determine speaker location data encoded within the audio signal that indicates a location associated with a speaker generating the audio signal. A message including information associated with the speaker location data may be sent from the mobile computing device to a server, and item data from the server may be received at the mobile computing device. The item data is related to an item that is located proximate to the speaker, and information descriptive of the item may be displayed at the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Frank Kao
  • Patent number: 10192248
    Abstract: Provided is a server device whereby more customers are gathered at a store, and the spending per customer is increased. In a server device (50): a storage unit (54) stores charging parameters corresponding to purchase costs; a wired communication unit (53) receives information of the purchase cost which is inputted into a cash register; and a generating unit (55a) retrieves, from the charging parameters which are stored in the storage unit (54), the charging parameter corresponding to the purchase cost which is received by the wired communication unit (53), and, on the basis of the charging parameter, generates charging information which indicates either the charging time or the charging quantity at which a power outlet carries out charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kotaro Sakata, Yasushi Sugiyama, Kimio Minami
  • Patent number: 10171254
    Abstract: A method includes discovering live video feeds. The discovered live feeds are presented on a website. The viewing of one or more live video feeds and interaction with entities that are generating the live video feeds is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Davis, Joseph O'Sullivan, Chris W. Higgins, Ron Martinez, Athellina Athsani
  • Patent number: 10121287
    Abstract: A method for determining a fare for a transport service is provided. One or more processors determine that the transport service is in progress for a first user. A request to share the fare for the transport service in progress with a second user is received over a network from a first computing device of the first user. A confirmation that indicates that the second user is to share the fare is received over the network from a second computing device of the second user. A first amount of the fare for the first user and a second amount of the fare for the second user is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Shalin Amin
  • Patent number: 10121112
    Abstract: A method includes receiving location information, and determining one or more addresses based on the location information. At least one of the one or more addresses is associated with a construction site. The method includes presenting the one or more addresses as selectable elements within a first graphical user interface, and in response to receiving an input indicating selection of a particular selectable element within the first graphical user interface, receiving a second input corresponding to a request to capture item data, and capturing item data in response to the second input. The method includes storing the captured item data in association with a builder at a database. The captured item data is associated with a specific product provided by a vendor in association with construction of a home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hyphen Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Felix Vasquez, Jr., Christopher F. Sugg, Brent B. Beseda
  • Patent number: 10108995
    Abstract: Techniques are provided that include using a collaborative arrangement between a first entity associated with a physical location, such as a physical store or residence that has or sells one or more products of a first product type, and a second entity, such as a Web site offering for purchase products of the first product type. According to some such arrangements, if, for example, a user purchases a product from the Web site after the user evidently made a visit to the physical location, or received a display or demonstration of a product of the first product type at the physical location, then revenue or value resulting from the purchase may be split or shared between entities including the first entity and the second entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Kilroy, Allie K. Watfa, Dale Nussel, Mangesh Pardeshi
  • Patent number: 10097648
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for a media guidance application that provides diverse and reliable media content suggestions. Specifically, the media guidance application may monitor user preferences of a select group of friends of the user and base media recommendations on those user preferences. The media guidance application may determine close friends of the user, such as friends that a user regularly communicates with, and include recommendations on the media preferences of only those close friends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Stathacopoulos, Benjamin Maughan
  • Patent number: 10074107
    Abstract: A system receives notification that at least one user interested in acquiring desired information is within a predefined area. The system receives the desired information from a client located within the predefined area, and electronically transmits the desired information to the at least one user. The desired information is received by the at least one user via a wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Oracle America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle T. Grucci, Ryan S. O'Connell, Kevin Osborn
  • Patent number: 10067810
    Abstract: Various implementations disclosed herein provide a method for performing one or more transactions between application containers. In various implementations, the method includes transmitting a key request to a first network node within a cluster of network nodes that are configured to generate and maintain a distributed ledger. In some implementations, the key request indicates that the requested key is for one or more transactions between a first application container and a second application container. In various implementations, the method includes receiving a key in response to transmitting the key request. In some implementations, the key is valid for the one or more transactions between the first application container and the second application container. In various implementations, the method includes synthesizing, at the first application container, transaction data with the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Jean-Marie Surcouf, Hugo Mike Latapie, Enzo Fenoglio, Joseph T. Friel
  • Patent number: 10055211
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes methods, systems, and computer program products for providing contextual ecommerce shopping cart adjustments. An indication of an expressed intent to perform an action not available in a first application is received. One or more applications capable of fulfilling the action are requested from a Service, the request to the Service including available contextual data. A policy and a list of applications that can fulfill the action are received. A second application is selected to perform the action based on the policy. A response is received from a transmitted query to an operating system to determine if the second application is installed, wherein the response indicates whether the second application is installed. The second application is installed if the second application is not installed. A deep link is executed into the second application so that the second application can automatically perform the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Button Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher James Maddern, Wesley Duncan Smith
  • Patent number: 10049165
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel system and method for social play. The novel system and method includes a non-transitory machine readable storage medium containing instructions to cause a machine to send a request to a plurality of subscribers who fit a first profile to play a physical sport at a first venue and during a first time period. The first profile comprises at least one criteria and is partially set by a sender of the request and in part configured by default settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Kavita Ramchandani Snyder
  • Patent number: 9990331
    Abstract: Artificial intelligence engine that receives data related to at least one of at least one available network of a mobile communication environment and system data of a mobile device in the mobile communication environment. The artificial intelligence engine includes a rules engine that receives a currently configured set including at least one rule, the at least one rule includes at least one condition and at least one action. The at least one condition includes at least one predicate and at least one condition state, and the rules engine is structured to evaluate the at least one condition and the at least one predicate. Further, a triggering device triggers the at least one action in accordance with the evaluation of the at least one condition and the at least one predicate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: NETMOTION WIRELESS, INC.
    Inventors: Christian E. Hofstaedter, Reyes Canales, III, Edward Goziker, James S. Simpkins, Fernando Garcia-Duarte, Julia Renouard, Joseph T. Savarese, Mark V. Kimmerly, Zhenwu Wang, John Dangov, Paul L. Hoover, Michael L. Snyder
  • Patent number: 9992169
    Abstract: Mapping and obscuring digital representations of a number of user accounts on a social network map includes identifying a primary user account from a number of user accounts of a social network, determining, based on metadata associated with the user accounts, a relationship for each of the user accounts relative to the primary user account, mapping, based on the relationship for each of the user accounts relative to the primary user account, a digital representation of each of the user accounts to a territory on a social network map, determining, based on the relationship for each of the user accounts relative to the primary user account, an obscurity level for each of the user accounts, and obscuring, based on the obscurity level, the territory associated with the digital representation of each of the user accounts on a social network map from the primary user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Cameron J. Bosnic, Jr., Vijay Francis, Jacob M. Lineberry, Scott H. Prager, Erika Varga
  • Patent number: 9966070
    Abstract: An electrically operated domestic appliance, in particular a kitchen appliance, includes a voice recognition device, which voice recognition device is designed to compare voice signals of a user with known control commands for operating the domestic appliance, and includes an activation device for activating the voice recognition device. The activation device has an optical detection device, wherein the activation device is designed to activate the voice recognition device in dependence on information captured by the optical detection device. A method operates the domestic appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co., Interholding GmbH
    Inventor: Hendrik Koetz
  • Patent number: 9959547
    Abstract: An end-to-end mobile advertising system characterizes user behavior (e.g., location, interaction with advertisements on a mobile communication device, etc.) in order to select micro-targeted advertisements. A marketplace platform handles the formatting required for presentation suitable for mobile communication devices in accordance with negotiated tags for a desired audience (“reach”), for a suitable number of presentations (“frequency”) and for an effective duration (“time”) within a particular scheduled window. Effectiveness is gauged even in the instance of impression advertisements by monitoring user location and/or interaction with the communication device to see a change in behavior (e.g., whether goes to a location of a competitor or advertiser, calls the advertiser, clips the advertisement, etc.). This effectiveness is further tracked across applications and/or platforms to capture reach, frequency, and duration of a particular advertising campaign for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert C. Lewis, Giridhar D. Mandyam
  • Patent number: 9953275
    Abstract: A system and methods for third-party access to a network-based system for providing location-based upcoming event information are described. The location-based upcoming event information may be accessed from the network-based system by a server-side web application implemented by a third party. The server-side web application may be configured to communicate with the network-based system that provides online marketplace and ticket fulfillment services and to generate a query based upon the location of a user and other event criteria. The server-side web application may communicate the query to the network-based system and, in response, receive location-based upcoming event information which may be displayed to a user as a list and/or information on a map. The location-based upcoming event information may comprise an aggregate of ticket inventory available from multiple online marketplaces providing the user with multiple purchasing options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashley Gibson, Cass Patrick Costello, Conny C. Wu
  • Patent number: 9922315
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer programs for performing calculations of cost of entities are described. According to one embodiment, a method is described wherein one or more data sources are identified; information is gathered from those data sources, which is then used to calculate an adjusted cost of the entities. According to another embodiment, the information gathered from the data sources relates to dollar costs and other information pertaining to the entities, which is used to statistically model cost-related figures pertaining to the entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Outseeker Corp.
    Inventor: Jonathan Feldschuh
  • Patent number: 9897987
    Abstract: A system controller (20, 100, 30, 40) comprises a receiver (20) for receiving data about a system (10, 11) to be controlled and for associating the received data with a time factor; a summarizer (100) for updating a set of summary bins, each of which covers a respective period of time, and each of which stores a summary of the received data having, a time factor which falls within the respective period of time covered by the summary bin; a processor (30) for, processing the summary bins, for example in order to categorize an unknown entity (5) (such as a human user) interacting with the system under control (10, 11) (via a user interface (11) forming part of the system under control) such as into an adult interested in football, etc., and a director (40) for issuing control instructions to the system to be controlled based on the results of the processor (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: British Telecommunications PLC
    Inventors: Behnam Azvine, Trevor Philip Martin
  • Patent number: 9830668
    Abstract: Both content creators and content consumers can benefit by improving communication mechanisms that currently exist. For example, content creators can increase the appeal of content by leveraging the energy of fans, but it is often difficult to identify which content consumers are the best or top fans. However, such can be identified based on various metrics, for example, based on engagement and/or influence of the content consumer. Once the set of top fans is identified, content creators can interact, potentially exclusively, with the set of top fans, which can enhance the experience for all parties involved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lee-Chan, Michael Patrick Schneider
  • Patent number: 9779427
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of methods and systems of incentivized advertising are presented. A content identifier identifying a digital content item, such as a song, is displayed on a user computing device. The digital content item is typically of the type available for a purchase price by the general public. A selection icon is provided in visual association with the content identifier. If the icon is selected by the user, an advertisement media item, such as a video advertisement, is presented on the user computing device. If the advertisement media item is presented for at least a requisite ad impression period, the digital content item is imparted to the user for free. Follow-up ad engagement views are typically presented to the user with a button to redeem the earned digital content item. Administrator and server elements are configured to facilitate performance of the method, and to optimize efficient use of advertiser's budget.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: THNX, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy James Price, Antonina Armato, Jason Yang
  • Patent number: 9779404
    Abstract: System and methods for conducting wireless mobile business transactions on electronic hand-held device are disclosed. The electronic hand-held device comprises a dedicated communication component, a social media filter, and at least one functional identifier. The dedicated communication component communicates with at least one transceiver when the electronic hand-held device is located within a predetermined proximity of the at least one transceiver. The social media filter filters good or service offerings based on a user's desire. The at least one functional identifier is activatable for at least one good or service by a user when the communication is established between the electronic hand-held device and the at least one transceiver and a business transaction for the at least one good or service is initiated on the application server in a secure, user-authorized manner. The business transaction for the at least one good or service is authenticated by a social media provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SMART CELLCO, INC.
    Inventor: Carroll Alexis Spencer, II
  • Patent number: 9721266
    Abstract: The present invention relates to business-to-business marketing organizations who participate in lead-generation activities via their company website. More particularly, the invention provides a target lead-generation system and method that targets the right businesses using real-time predictive and behavioral analytics and website traffic data and connects businesses to potential customers and suppliers to drive business revenue. Even more particularly, the invention provides a system and method for real-time searching and matching of data input into website registration forms by website visitors, provides for real-time cleansing and appending of attribute rich company demographic and firmographic data to the website form and to the marketing database. The resulting information is then available for use by other systems such as marketing automation systems and CRM systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Reachforce Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Riazzi, Ken Hubacker, Bob Solnek, Justin England, Jerome Nolte
  • Patent number: 9721229
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide for social media monitoring and employee social media monitoring are described herein. In one example, a system includes a database access engine configured to store a plurality of filtered social media postings; a scoring engine configured to analyze the filtered social media postings to determine a likelihood of a trigger event being associated with the filtered social media postings; a directory service engine, communicatively coupled to a directory service, configured to authenticate an employee and to determine the employee is authorized to respond to social media postings associated with the trigger event; and a social network access engine configured to post a response message from the employee to a social network in response to a first social media posting of the filtered social media postings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Heather Hernandez, D. Benjamin Schofield
  • Patent number: 9721253
    Abstract: Various forms of information are utilized in a system and accompanying method for making inferences regarding the trustworthiness of a person performing an online transaction and deciding whether to allow the transaction to have material implications. More specifically, the information relates to the online browsing activity of a user and the online transaction being performed by the user. Further, information regarding certain probable characteristics of the user is determined based on a possible association between the user and one or more known entities. Based on the foregoing information, model attributes are derived and provided as input to a fraud determination model. Using this model and one or more of the attributes, a probability that the transaction is fraudulent is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Forter Ltd.
    Inventors: Iftah Gideoni, Ofir Reich, Yaniv Arthur Baruch Meller
  • Patent number: 9680923
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for joint distribution of content by multiple publishers. In one aspect, a method performed by one or more computers includes receiving data from a first content publisher, as well as accessing a publisher database that indicates information about other content publishers. A first set of candidate publishers is selected based on compatibility with characteristics specified by the first content publisher. A second set of candidate publishing partners is selected, as a subset of the first set of candidate publishing partners, based on compatibility of the first content publisher with characteristics specified by the candidate publishing partners. One of the content publishers in the second set of candidate publishing partners is selected, and a jointly published content item that references both the first content publisher and the selected publishing partner is provided for presentation to content recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Pranav Jain, Pravin Jain
  • Patent number: 9639888
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing interactive notifications for completing online transactions. In some embodiments, a processing device determines that completing an online transaction initiated at a mobile device requires fewer than a threshold number of operations. The processing device also generates an interface for obtaining input to initiate at least one subsequent operation for completing the online transaction. The interface is generated based on determining that completing the online transaction requires fewer than the threshold number of operations. The processing device configures the mobile device to display the interface and to receive the input using the interface for completing the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Jason Proulx
  • Patent number: 9641602
    Abstract: A service provision system comprises a first terminal, a service computer, and a user registration module. The first terminal includes an application management module to which second identification information is assigned, for managing the application to which first identification information is assigned, and an anonymous personal data transmission module for transmitting the anonymous personal data including the first identification information and the second identification information. The user registration module transmits user registration data including the second identification information and third identification information, in a case of inputting third identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Shimizu, Yasushi Nagai, Takashi Matsumoto, Hiroyoshi Endo, Tatsuaki Osafune, Haruhiko Sawajiri
  • Patent number: 9639853
    Abstract: Devices, computer-implemented methods, and computer-readable media for a redemption header for merchant offers, such as online coupons, are provided. In some embodiments, an offers website may provide offers, such as online coupons, in a browser executing on a user device. When a user selects an online coupon, the browser is redirected to a merchant website associated with the online coupon and a coupon code value is copied to a clipboard. Additionally, a redemption header having the coupon code and instructions is added in the merchant webpage. A webpage element for the redemption header, such as an inline frame, is created in the merchant webpage and the redemption header is provided based on an offer identifier stored in a browser-accessible storage item such as a cookie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: RetailMeNot, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas James Shiffert, Michael Paul Cravey, Jagjit Singh Bath
  • Patent number: 9634996
    Abstract: Mapping and obscuring digital representations of a number of user accounts on a social network map includes identifying a primary user account from a number of user accounts of a social network, determining, based on metadata associated with the user accounts, a relationship for each of the user accounts relative to the primary user account, mapping, based on the relationship for each of the user accounts relative to the primary user account, a digital representation of each of the user accounts to a territory on a social network map, determining, based on the relationship for each of the user accounts relative to the primary user account, an obscurity level for each of the user accounts, and obscuring, based on the obscurity level, the territory associated with the digital representation of each of the user accounts on a social network map from the primary user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cameron J. Bosnic, Jr., Vijay Francis, Jacob M. Lineberry, Scott H. Prager, Erika Varga
  • Patent number: 9628446
    Abstract: Mapping and obscuring digital representations of a number of user accounts on a social network map includes identifying a primary user account from a number of user accounts of a social network, determining, based on metadata associated with the user accounts, a relationship for each of the user accounts relative to the primary user account, mapping, based on the relationship for each of the user accounts relative to the primary user account, a digital representation of each of the user accounts to a territory on a social network map, determining, based on the relationship for each of the user accounts relative to the primary user account, an obscurity level for each of the user accounts, and obscuring, based on the obscurity level, the territory associated with the digital representation of each of the user accounts on a social network map from the primary user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cameron J. Bosnic, Jr., Vijay Francis, Jacob M. Lineberry, Scott H. Prager, Erika Varga
  • Patent number: 9544342
    Abstract: Digital media playback instruction distribution devices, methods, and programs access a memory storing content data, the content data including website content for distribution to a remote terminal, the website content including a display area for displaying digital media. The devices, methods, and programs receive a request for the stored web content from the remote terminal, calculate a time period over which a user of the remote terminal is estimated to need to browse the website content when it is rendered on the remote terminal, and transmit the website content and a delay instruction to the remote terminal, the delay instruction instructing the remote terminal to delay playback of digital media displayed in the display area until after the calculated time period has elapsed since display of the website content on the remote terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiji Sumitomo, Kanta Suzuki, Kazutaka Kimura
  • Patent number: 9406078
    Abstract: The system and method described herein may use various natural language models to deliver targeted advertisements and/or provide natural language processing based on advertisements. In one implementation, an advertisement associated with a product or service may be provided for presentation to a user. A natural language utterance of the user may be received. The natural language utterance may be interpreted based on the advertisement and, responsive to the existence of a pronoun in the natural language utterance, a determination of whether the pronoun refers to one or more of the product or service or a provider of the product or service may be effectuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: VoiceBox Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Tom Freeman, Mike Kennewick
  • Patent number: 9384258
    Abstract: Both content creators and content consumers can benefit by improving communication mechanisms that currently exist. For example, content creators can increase the appeal of content by leveraging the energy of fans, but it is often difficult to identify which content consumers are the best or top fans. However, such can be identified based on various metrics, for example, based on engagement and/or influence of the content consumer. Once the set of top fans is identified, content creators can interact, potentially exclusively, with the set of top fans, which can enhance the experience for all parties involved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lee-chan, Michael Patrick Schneider
  • Patent number: 9384502
    Abstract: Techniques for organizing and presenting deals/commercial offers received by users in emails are provided. Emails directed to a user that contain commercial offers for the user are determined. The determined emails are stored in a deal folder for the user. A deal newsletter is generated that at least summarizes commercial offers contained in at least a portion of the emails stored in the deal folder. The deal folder may be displayed to show the user the received deal emails. Furthermore, the deal newsletter may be displayed to the user to summarize the received deals for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Jiacheng Guo, Li He, Sen Liu
  • Patent number: 9141961
    Abstract: Providing for network-based management of dynamic mobile coupons (DMCs) employed in mobile device-related commerce is described herein. Management can include mitigating processing load involved in processing dynamic characteristics of a set of DMCs, facilitating post-transaction evaluation of DMCs, or facilitating a virtual shopping experience in conjunction with redeeming DMCs in a mobile-commerce environment. Communicative association between a mobile device and network components can be implemented to leverage data collected by the mobile device with communication and processing capabilities of the network. Dynamic DMC states are determined from the collected data, which are implemented to facilitate the mobile-commerce. The disclosure provides an integrated mechanism for efficient utilization of DMCs to enhance user experience and satisfaction with mobile commerce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Rajeev Rajan, Ricardo dos Santos, Paul E. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 9100480
    Abstract: A contact center is described along with various methods and mechanisms for administering the same. The contact center proposed herein provides the ability to, among other things, reward positive agent behavior and performance by providing the agent with rewards and incentives. The rewards and incentives are provided to the agent by altering one or more aspects of the routing logic in the contact center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Joylee Kohler, Andrew D. Flockhart, Robert C. Steiner
  • Patent number: 9043228
    Abstract: An e-commerce outsourcing system and method provides hosts with transparent, context-sensitive e-commerce supported pages. The look and feel of a target host is captured for future use. The host is provided with one or more links for inclusion within a page on the host website that correlates with a selected commerce object, which may be contextually related to material in the page. The commerce object can be a product, a product category, or a dynamic selection indicator. Upon activation of the provided link, a visitor computer is served with a page with the look and feel of the host website and with content based upon the associated commerce object. Where the commerce object is a dynamic selection indicator, the content is selected at the time of activation based upon an analysis of the page containing the activated link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: DDR HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: D Delano Ross, Jr., Daniel D Ross, Joseph R Michaels, William R May, Richard A Anderson
  • Publication number: 20150134442
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described that determine the promotion(s) offering the best monetary discount available to a customer. The methods and systems can be used at the time of checkout during a retail purchase or prior to checkout to inform the customer about the best deal that may be available based on alternative proposed purchases. One method can include defining a promotion combinability matrix that identifies combination logic of the available promotions. In addition, a priority set of the available promotions is established that identifies the priority in which the promotions will be applied. The promotion combinability matrix and the priority set are then used to determine the best monetary discount that is available to the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Saurabh Shekhar
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9009064
    Abstract: A purchase-transaction-settled online consumer referral and reward system and method using real-time specific merchant sales information is provided for the advertising publishing industry. The system provides a pay per transaction platform that allows advertising publishers to monetize interactive and/or broadcast media advertising by tracking and linking ad acceptance events to consummated consumer purchases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Karlin, Lee Wang
  • Publication number: 20150100405
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for a communication device interface for merchant check-in and shopping notifications. A user may enter shopping preferences to a module of a communication device in order to receive notifications and alerts when items matching the shopping preferences are available with one or more merchants. A service provider may receive the shopping preferences with user attributes, such as a user location and/or account balance. The attributes may be determined using applications and/or modules of the communication device or through a check-in by the user at a location. The service provider may determine shopping notifications having purchase offers for the items from available merchants. The purchase offers may include offers to sell the items and discounts for the items. The shopping notifications may be displayed to the user using a user device interface, such as cells within an application or mobile device home screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Hyunju Lee
  • Publication number: 20150095135
    Abstract: When detecting selection of a source application stored in a storage section in a user device, a controller outputs to the user device an advertisement link related to a destination application associated with the source. When the advertisement link is selected in the user device, the controller guides the user device to the destination application. The controller acquires completion state information on a mission in the destination application associated with the user ID of the user of the user device, and stores the completion state information in the storage section. When the completion state information meets a predetermined condition, the controller provides the completion state information to the source application in order to give an incentive to the user in the source application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: GREE, INC.
    Inventors: Kota Saito, Keisuke Murata
  • Patent number: 8996400
    Abstract: Digital content can be sold by an original sales entity (OSE) to an affiliate sales entity (ASE) for playing of the content by the ASE. The ASE is permitted to transfer the content to another ASE, and sales credit for the secondary transfer is split between the transferring ASE and the OSE upon synchronization of a ledger of the recipient ASE with the system database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Milton Massey Frazier, Jason R. Meerbergen, Gen Tsuchikawa, Edgar Allan Tu
  • Patent number: 8983858
    Abstract: A user device receives consumer information from a consumer, where the consumer information includes preference information, demographic information, identity information, relationship information, and location information associated with the consumer. The user device provides the consumer information to a lifestyle application platform, and receives, from the lifestyle application platform, a consumer profile for the consumer based on the consumer information. The user device receives, from the lifestyle application platform, notifications, reports, and offers, associated with an enterprise and relevant to the consumer, based on the consumer profile, and provides the notifications, reports, and offers for display to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Ashley Evans, Nicola S. Morris, Keith Fusaro, John E. O'Brien, Peter M. Graham, Paul A. Donfried
  • Publication number: 20150066624
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a social media ecosystem cooperative marketplace. To participate in the social media ecosystem cooperative marketplace, a sharing discount percentage is requested from participating social media merchants. The sharing discount percentage is used to provide lower purchase prices for plural goods and services provided to social media purchasers in the social media ecosystem cooperative marketplace and to support the social media ecosystem cooperative marketplace itself on a global scale for social media purchasers and social media merchants. Social media purchasers are searched for with social media index values and with social commerce connections. Social media purchasers are paid to view advertising or complete surveys for the social media merchants. The social media ecosystem cooperative marketplace is provided on a cloud communications network for mobile and non-mobile devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Jon Anthony ASTORE
  • Publication number: 20150066625
    Abstract: A cloud-based service provides incentives for users of devices such as game consoles, personal computers, smartphones, and the like to explicitly acknowledge product placements within media content by offering rewards to the users that may be obtained by performing certain user actions as the media content is being consumed and rendered on the device. The user actions may comprise clicking a button or performing a gesture to an input device, for example, at particular times in the media content presentation in which a branded product is shown, mentioned, or used. A client component on the device captures the user actions as signals which are sent to the service which compares the signals against known reward criteria. If reward criteria are met by the user actions, the service can provide either digital or physical rewards to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Cierra McDonald, Mike Horstmanshof, Sela Davis, Craig Suthers, Cody Luitjens, Nick Koller, Doug Beck, Don Sprague, Michael Alyn Miller, Keith Kline
  • Publication number: 20150051964
    Abstract: A method and data processing system provide offers for discounted goods or services. The method includes generating a list of offers for discounted goods or services. The method includes generating an identification of at least one of a current number of selections of an offer or a number of remaining selections available for the offer. The method includes sending, for a selection of the offer by a user, at least a unique identifier for the offer to the user without requesting payment from the user for the selection of the offer and updating the current number of selections or the number of remaining selections available. The method includes sending a notification of the selection and the unique identifier for the selected offer to a seller of the discounted goods or services. Additionally, the method includes requesting payment from the seller for the selection of the offer by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Wizhunt Locals, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Eugene Hunt
  • Publication number: 20150051966
    Abstract: A method is provided for a method of purchasing goods online, which allows end users to receive money in return for browsing the internet and making purchases. According to the features of the invention, the end user enters a profile into YOUniverse, which is uploaded to the database. The user then logs in to search for items and the advertisement search results are specific to the end user's profile. The user controls the amount of information in their profile; however, more information yields better advertisement results and more money.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Mark W. Publicover