Online Discount Or Incentive Patents (Class 705/14.39)
  • Patent number: 10673821
    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: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cameron J. Bosnic, Jr., Vijay Francis, Jacob M. Lineberry, Scott H. Prager, Erika Varga
  • Patent number: 10671483
    Abstract: A data protection ecosystem-based data valuation methodology includes the following steps. One or more of backup data, metadata, and analytics results maintained by a data protection ecosystem are accessed. The backup data, metadata, and analytics results are obtained during the course of the data protection ecosystem providing data backup and recovery functionalities for a data storage environment that stores one or more data sets. A valuation is calculated for at least one of the one or more data sets of the data storage environment based on at least a portion of the accessed backup data, metadata, and analytics results maintained by the data protection ecosystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Todd, Jeffrey Norton, Scott Auchmoody
  • Patent number: 10664896
    Abstract: A recommendation server provides product or service suggestions to a user based on transaction and location data. The recommendation server receives transaction data from a merchant device operated by a merchant affiliate. The transaction data contains information that is used to identify a suggested product or service. A search vicinity is determined based on the location of the merchant affiliate and the suggested product or service. A suggested merchant is determined that is located within the search vicinity, and that sells the suggested product or service. Information about the suggested merchant and the suggested product or service is sent to a user device operated by the user in order to encourage them to make a purchase from the suggested merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: yan or, Anand Kumar Sankaran, Madhu Gopinathan, Vinu Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 10650411
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for detecting the presence of a portable computing device (a smart phone device) in an area of proximity to a vendor to determine relevant pertinent information. A beacon device at a retail location establishes communication with a user's smart phone device which detection is then send to a remotely located server. The remotely located server determines if the detected portable computing device is associated with a predefined category of user. Contingent upon the category of user determination, a determination is made regarding information pertinent to the user. The pertinent information is then caused to be sent to the user's smart phone device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventors: Bradly J. Billman, Maland K. Mortensen, Wayne M. Hartman, Meighan K. McNulty, Craig Kincaid, Joshua D. Maldonado, Gunjan C. Vijayvergia
  • Patent number: 10643276
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for determining one or more credit lines based on statistical approximations of credit line optimization models. By approximating the results of the optimization model, the disclosed embodiments may provide real-time account level credit line determinations based on fewer criteria than used in the optimization models. Other aspects of the disclosed embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Antonello Loddo, Lu Su, Leonard Roseman, Ram Narayan
  • Patent number: 10620600
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining or monitoring at least one process variable which comprises a sensor element, measuring electronics, at least one control/evaluating/calculating unit arranged removed from the measuring unit and/or an in/output unit arranged removed from the measuring unit and the control/evaluating/calculating unit. The control/evaluating/calculating unit and the in/output unit are connected with the measuring unit via a first interface, respectively a second interface, wherein the measuring electronics operates the sensor element and forwards the measurement signals via the interfaces to the control/evaluating/calculating unit as unprocessed, raw, measured values, and wherein the control/evaluating/calculating unit arranged removed from the measuring unit determines, improves and/or monitors the process variable based on the raw, measured values and makes such available via the in/output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: ENDRESS+HAUSER SE+CO. KG
    Inventors: Matthias Altendorf, Marc Baret
  • Patent number: 10567329
    Abstract: Content is inserted into conversations hosted on a takeoff site using creatives that provide lures and links to other material that users engaged in the conversation might find helpful and relevant. Such insertions are made in a contextually meaningful fashion through the use of a matching and decision process that determines best candidate creatives and an appropriate time and place for their insertion into the conversation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Paul Ernest Stolorz, Christopher T. Dean, Jeffrey Eric Davitz, Jackie Kellon Smith, II
  • Patent number: 10567531
    Abstract: Examples to determine media impressions using distributed demographic information are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a reporter to detect at the client device a login event. The example apparatus also includes a communication interface to send a communication to an impression monitor system in response to the reporter detecting at the client device the login event via the login webpage, the login event associated with a first Internet domain different from a second internet domain of the impression monitor system. The example communication interface also sends a login reporting message to the database proprietor, the login reporting message including first and second cookie identifiers, the first cookie identifier associated with the first Internet domain, and the second cookie identifier associated with the second Internet domain of the impression monitor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Mark Kalus, Ari Paparo, Kevin Geraghty
  • Patent number: 10540676
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods may operate to transmit applications to mobile devices. The applications may operate to enable the reception of source and advertising information from a wireless transmitter. Reception may occur at a wireless receiver in a mobile device, as part of a single transmission and without prior solicitation by the mobile device. The source information can identify a source associated with the advertising information. The advertising information is stored in the mobile device when the source information and/or distance information associated with the source information comply with conditions included in a storage policy associated with the mobile device. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Froilan B. Guioguio, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10535027
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recommending merchant actions include a physical merchant location having a plurality of beacon devices. A system provider device receives a plurality of first location information from the plurality of beacon devices that is collected from a customer beacon communication device that is associated with a customer. The system provider device also receives a plurality of second location information over the network from the plurality of beacon devices that is collected from a merchant beacon communication device that is associated with an asset of the merchant. The system provider device analyzes the plurality of first location information and the plurality of second location information to determine at least one merchant action recommendation related to the customer and the asset of the merchant and provides the at least one merchant action recommendation over the network for display on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Ares Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10497011
    Abstract: An ad orchestration server selects and sequences the delivery of ads based on multiple offline and online conditions. The ad orchestration server takes into account messages a user might have seen from the advertiser online which the ad server knows about through its tracking cookie, as well as other data about the user that is obtained using offline and other online methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: RESPONSYS, INC.
    Inventors: John Daniel Berkley, Scott Evan Jones, Deepali Tamhane, Mikael Rudolfson
  • Patent number: 10484503
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for generating reminder options that are presented to a user when a user browses to a content item to view the item and then browses away from the item. For example, a user may be presented with one or more content items, such as images, advertisements, etc., on a display of a user device. The content item, when interacted with by the user, results in the user being provided with an additional content item, such as a webpage, associated with the content item. If the user selects a back button, or other navigation control that results in a request being sent to navigate away from the additional content item and back to the previously presented content items, rather than just presenting the same previously presented content items again, a reminder option may be presented allowing the user to indicate whether the user desires to receive a later reminder about the additional content item and/or the object indicated in the additional content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Pinterest, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Craig Bragdon
  • Patent number: 10475117
    Abstract: A system provides a way to manage agreements that institutions such as financial services companies have with distributors who sell their products. Each distributor has a plurality of sales representatives that earn commissions for selling such products. The commissions earned and any other constraints imposed on the sales representatives may be defined within a selling agreement. The system can generate each selling agreement utilizing a set of components representative of the type of agreement formed between the institutions and the distributor. The components of each selling agreement contain an associated rule set that enables a configuration engine to generate an appropriate document. The system also contains a set of regulatory conditions for each sale made by the sales representatives. The system may be utilized to process sales transaction data to ensure that selling agreement terms are followed and that regulations for each sale are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Versata Development Group, Inc.
    Inventors: David Chao, Brian Blount, Joshua Toub, Shari Gharavy, Cheng Zhou, Charles Erickson
  • Patent number: 10432631
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, described herein is a system and method for providing a universal security handler for use with a cloud-based integration platform. A universal security configuration interface can be provided to capture custom values, syntaxes, and/or grammars for a common set of security properties for different implementations of a particular authorization flow. The captured information can be used by a plurality of software components to create a custom security provider, which includes information needed for obtaining an access token from a specified cloud service provider. The security provider, which also includes methods for performing each step of the authorization flow, can be provided to a security processor configured to handle exchanges between the universal security configuration interface and the specified cloud service provider. The system enables the cloud-based integration platform to integrate with a plurality of third-party cloud services without writing additional code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anuj Kaushal, Yagnesh Kotecha
  • Patent number: 10432537
    Abstract: A resource orchestration framework may include vertices representing physical network nodes and a resource orchestrator. The resource orchestrator may receive a service function chain request specifying service functions to perform on respective physical nodes and a first starting time for launching a first one of the service functions. The resource orchestrator may determine an ending time for performing the first service function that, with the first starting time, defines a time duration for the first service function, identify vertices at which the first service function is available during the time duration, map a first vertex to the first service function in a candidate service function chain, determine a second starting time for launching a second one of the service functions dependent on the first starting time, and provide the candidate service function chain, the first starting time, and the second starting time to a neighbor vertex of the first vertex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Qiong Zhang, Qingya She, Weisheng Xie, Paparao Palacharla, Tadashi Ikeuchi
  • Patent number: 10394834
    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: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
    Inventors: Gareth Ross, Tricia Walker
  • Patent number: 10395252
    Abstract: The invention provides one or more consortia of networks that identify and share information about users and/or user devices interacting with the consortia. User devices may be identified, at least in part, by a delta of time parameter between a user device used and a reference time. Other parameters may be analyzed to identify a computer user and/or device and noteworthy transactions. The invention may be used for identity-based applications such as network security, the detection of fraudulent transactions, identity theft, ratings-based communities and law enforcement. User may be permitted to register user devices in order to control access for performing transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: The 41st Parameter, Inc.
    Inventor: Ori Eisen
  • Patent number: 10361910
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present disclosure can facilitate managing a computing device. The computing device can be a managed device that is managed by a device management server. In some embodiments, the system includes a generation module and an interface module. The generation module may be configured to receive a site location for the computing device, identify an address of the device management server, and generate an optical representation of a configuration based on the site location and the address. The interface module may be configured to provide the optical representation to the computing device and receive a communication from the computing device, the communication corresponding to the configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Connectwise, LLC
    Inventor: Brett Alan Cheloff
  • Patent number: 10341736
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein include systems and methods for providing a social interface for sharing media experience information between households in a community. Users of different households may form the community. The social interface may be provided as an application on a mobile device or an Internet webpage as a portal to the community. An example implementation involves a device displaying representations of: a plurality of households; an indication of a selected household; one or more zones within the selected household; and a representation of media being played by a selected zone of the one or more zones. While displaying the representations, the device receives, from a server, data indicating updated information associated with the plurality of households; and, in response, updates the graphical display to display at least an updated representation of media being played by the selected zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Kuper, Arthur L. Coburn, IV, John Meyer, Mike Delaney
  • Patent number: 10341447
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein to provide information to a user based on a symbol with a plurality of interpretations. Each candidate interpretation for the symbol is identified and compared to an attribute of a user profile. The meaning of the symbol is determined and the user profile is updated with the meaning of the symbol. This meaning may be used to provide relevant information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Christensen Kelly, Benjamin Maughan, Brian Peterson, David Yon, Walter R. Klappert
  • Patent number: 10334301
    Abstract: A method of providing information including providing a communication session of at least one of audio and video media and applying automatic recognition to media transferred on the communication session. An advertisement is selected by a processor, based on the automatic recognition and non-advertisement information is selected by the processor, responsive to the automatic recognition. The selected advertisements and the selected nonadvertisement information, are presented during the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Alon Atsmon
  • Patent number: 10321399
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a method for determining a match between two devices includes receiving sensor data from a first device and a second device, determining whether the sensor data indicates a match between the first and second devices. If there is a match between the first and second devices, the match is confirmed. The match is confirmed based on at least one of: at least one knock, analysis of missing information and a characteristic of a user of the first device or a user of the second device. In various embodiments, a method of activating a function includes receiving sensor reading(s), analyzing the sensor reading(s) including determining whether at least one knock has occurred based on the sensor reading(s), determining whether to activate the function based on the analysis. If the function should be activated, the function is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Cambridge Software, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruno Bowden
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: RE47762
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a comprehensive computer system and method (See FIGS. 1, 1a, 2) for automating and facilitating the performing and processing of tasks, information transfer, and information storage associated with the home sale (See FIG. 3a), mortgage origination (See FIG. 3b), and settlement process (See FIG. 3c), and the home mortgage refinancing origination and settlement process (See FIGS. 1b, 1c, 2a) (or performing other business processes), over a distributed computing network are disclosed. One aspect of the invention is a greatly simplified process for a home buyer to search for a home and simultaneously receive accurate and competitive bids for mortgages and services from multiple lenders and service providers. The process includes an automated under-writing process which generates complete, accurate information on the costs of buying and owning a home at very beginning of the home buying process. Another aspect of the invention is greatly automating the entire sale, loan and settlement process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Neil Thomas