Online Discount Or Incentive Patents (Class 705/14.39)
  • Publication number: 20150051965
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a system includes a first device configured to transmit a request for temporary user rights to media content; and a server configured to: receive the request from the first device, transmit, to a second device having full user rights to the media content, a notification that the server will issue the temporary user rights to the media content to a user account authenticated on the first device, receive, from the second device, an approval to issue the temporary user rights to the media content to the user account authenticated on the first device, issue the temporary user rights to the user account authenticated on the first device, and temporarily revoke the full user rights to the media content from a user account authenticated on the second device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Sang-Pyo KONG, Cheol-min LEE
  • Publication number: 20150039414
    Abstract: The system and method for issuing an online reward disclosed provides a direct way to specifically reward a user for their actions on the internet. For a campaign according to the system and method, a unique code is provided, which could, for example, be a hashtag, and a search of pre-defined internet websites is performed for the unique code. Where the unique code is found on one or more of the pre-defined internet websites, the user associated with that code is validated by checking if the user is in a list of pre-defined users and, if they are approved, a reward is issued to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Matthew Alexander Edgley
  • Publication number: 20150039407
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for incorporating advertisements into a mobile application for computerized systems, and in particular, mobile devices. In one embodiment of the invention, the system comprises an entertaining game application, a tool application, or a utility application that features various advertised goods or services, wherein the goods or services may be won and redeemed for an actual equivalent at participating businesses. Alternatively, cash or other prizes may be won or redeemed. In another embodiment, the method provides revenue to mobile application developers based on the inclusion of advertised products or services within the mobile applications, as well as on the number of times an advertisement is displayed. Consumers are incentivized to use the mobile application and engage advertisements because they are rewarded with goods, services, cash, or other prizes from participating businesses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Ming Liu
  • Publication number: 20150032532
    Abstract: An example system is configured to compile behavioral data describing past actions including products viewed and purchases made by users while visiting applications hosted by servers accessible by the users via a computer network; segment the behavioral data into clusters of behavior factors according to statistically related actions of the users; compile present user data describing a current action and a geo-location of a user while visiting a merchant application hosted by a server coupled to the computer network and accessible by the user; determine a geo-location of the mobile device of the user; while the user is still using the merchant application, compute a match; generate based on the match targeted information influenced by the geo-location of the user; and transmit the targeted information to the mobile device of the user for display prior to the user leaving the merchant application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Ashok Narasimhan, Amit Rathore
  • Publication number: 20150006272
    Abstract: An information processing device according to one embodiment includes a monitoring unit and a providing unit. The monitoring unit detects that a user operates a link to a page of a second shop different from a first shop and accesses to the page of the second shop and then identifies the first shop. The link is on a page of the first shop provided through a network. The link contains information for identifying the first shop and information for identifying the second shop. The providing unit provides the user with information related to a benefit available in the first shop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventors: Takemasa YAMADA, Toshihiko CHIBA, Hidenori EMURA, Shigeru ITAHASHI, Satoshi FUJITA
  • Publication number: 20140379452
    Abstract: A method and system for the electronic distribution of product redemption coupons to remote personal computers located at users' homes are disclosed. A centrally located repository, such as an online service provider or web site on the Internet, stores packages of coupon data for downloading on demand to the user's computer. A coupon generated by the system and method of the present invention comprises an encoded area that consists essentially of a unique Coupon Id. The unique Coupon Id is also recorded in a database comprising a plurality of data tables. At least one of the data tables associates each Coupon Id with one or more of a Promotion Id and a Consumer Id. Preferably, the Print Id is also associated in a data table with a Session Id and information regarding the date/time of printing. The Ids other than the Coupon Id may not be printed on the coupon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: Catalina Marketing Corporation
    Inventor: Greg ROBERTS
  • Publication number: 20140372200
    Abstract: A user interface that requests offer information for an offer provided by a vendor is provided to the vendor's computing device. The offer information is received from the vendor's computing device where the offer information includes a vendor privacy setting that indicates whether the offer is private. A request is received from a consumer's computing device for available offers and a user interface containing the offer is provided to the consumer's computing device. An indication that the consumer selected the offer is received and the offer and the vendor privacy setting are stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Audrey Josephine Leicher, William John Bitunjac, Natalie Victoria Doyne, Sarah Roxanne Peterson
  • Publication number: 20140372196
    Abstract: A system for distributing promotional certificates includes a system server and a user device. The system server has a processor and a memory. The memory is in communication with the processor and has at least one database embodied thereon. The database defines a plurality of users, a plurality of participating businesses, and a plurality of promotional certificates associated with the participating businesses. The processor is configured to associate in the memory each of the users with either an individual one of the participating businesses or a provider of the system server. The user device is associated with one of the users, and is in communication with the system server. The user device has a software application that is configured to present the promotional certificates for redemption at the participating businesses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Randall J. Arthur
  • Patent number: 8914821
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer readable media, and apparatuses for electronically clipping coupons are presented. In one aspect, a user request to electronically clip a vendor coupon may be received at a user device, where the vendor may be different from a supplier of the content. Account information associated with the user may be identified. Thereafter, information identifying the electronically clipped coupon and the account information may be transmitted to the vendor. The vendor subsequently may allow the user to redeem the clipped coupon the next time that the user visits the vendor and presents matching account information to the vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Jianju Liu
  • Patent number: 8910059
    Abstract: A facility for coordinating an online discussion is described. The facility receives an indication that a user has captured a machine-readable symbol encoding an identifier that identifies a particular online discussion. In response, the facility incorporates into an online forum that hosts this online discussion an indication that this user captured a symbol encoding an identifier that identifies this online discussion. Having captured the machine-readable symbol, the user may interact with the content associated with the identifier encoded in the machine-readable symbol. On capturing the machine-readable symbol, an advertisement related to the content associated with the identifier encoded in the machine-readable symbol may be displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: John-Alistair George, Adam Connelly
  • Patent number: 8903931
    Abstract: A method includes accessing, by a server computer, a plurality of electronic mail messages; identifying, based on information contained in each electronic mail message, one or more actions that can be taken with respect to each electronic mail message; and outputting, for display at a client computing device, an electronic mail interface. The electronic mail interface includes a message preview element for each electronic mail message. Each message preview element includes an interface element for causing performance of the action for each electronic mail message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Nathaniel Rothman, Deepak Jindal, David Farber Stern, Jason Cornwell, Stacey Kapadia, Nilesh Singh, Katharina Probst, Brendan Linn, Isaac Sterling VanDuyn, Mayank Singhal
  • Publication number: 20140324566
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for redeeming virtual coupons by associating the coupons with a consumer and a payment system associated with the consumer. In some embodiments, the method includes distributing the enabled promotional offers, from one or more source sites, via the electronic contact addresses for the plurality of consumers, such that the promotional offers can be electronically accepted by at least some of the particular consumers with whom they are identified without redeeming the accepted offers. The method further includes electronically receiving a redemption of the promotional offer by means of the consumer's presentment of the associated payment system for purchasing the subject matter of the accepted promotional offer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Mankoff
  • Publication number: 20140304060
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for semi-opaque sales with bundles of items. An example bundle can include hotel lodging and a bonus service, status, or item associated with that hotel. An system can identify a first bundle of a first base and bonus item, and a second bundle of a second base and bonus item. The system can present a semi-opaque offer comprising the first bundle, the second bundle, and a discount price, wherein the semi-opaque offer does not identify which of the first bundle and the second bundle will be sold at the discount price to the user upon acceptance of the semi-opaque offer, and wherein the discount price is a full price of the first base item. After receiving acceptance of the semi-opaque offer from the user, the system can disclose that the user has purchased the first bundle at the discount price.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph BOUS
  • Patent number: 8856026
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to the administration of rebates in different geographic locations and optimization of rebate processing. In an embodiment, a rebate processing device can detect a location of a consumer, and based on the location generate a rebate form in a language which corresponds to the location or preference of the consumer. The generated rebate form can include a mailing address to mail the form for processing, which may based on the location of the consumer and a rebate identifier to identify the rebate to transact. A rebate center device can receive completed rebate forms, extract rebate identifiers from the completed rebate forms, and send the extracted rebate identifiers to the rebate processing device to expedite processing. Rebate processing device can verify the rebate identifiers are not fraudulent and generate a payment for the validated rebate identifiers based on the location of the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Ohana Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Foodman, Lance Deutsch
  • Publication number: 20140297393
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for activity based incentives. A tracking module may be configured to monitor a user's participation in a physical activity. A data module may be configured to collect activity data in response to monitoring the user's participation in the physical activity. An incentive module may be configured to present one or more retail incentives to the user based on the activity data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: DOSEESAY LLC
    Inventor: Kelly D. Phillipps
  • Patent number: 8849695
    Abstract: An energy efficient cloud-based environment includes multiple users requesting delivery of cloud-based services from a cloud service provider. Each user provides inputs for the delivery of one or more specific cloud based services. The inputs include the type of service, time frame for using the service, and either an energy efficiency level or a performance level pertaining to the service's delivery. The service provider allocates different resources to the users for delivering the requested services, and calculates an actual price and an operating energy cost for delivering the requested services to each of the users. The profit of the service provider due to users is calculated. An overall profit of the service provider associated with delivering the cloud-based services is calculated, and a fraction of the overall profit is distributed as an incentive among the users. The incentive of each user is proportional to the profit contribution of that user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Haengju Lee, Gueyoung Jung, Tridib Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 8849703
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for managing transactions in which an order is specified online and payment is received at a point of sale (POS). Methods are disclosed for managing payment for such transactions at a POS, including transactions involving payment for both in-store purchases and online orders. Methods are also disclosed for managing inventory and price changes for such transactions where payment can occur at any time in a pay period following order creation. Also disclosed are methods for processing refunds for online orders for which payment was made at a POS. Finally, methods for preventing fraud and abuse as well as restricting the availability of this payment method for certain items are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Arjun Ramaratnam, Kenneth Hansen, Murad Dar, Puneet Srivastava, Richard Brett Gerry, Ruchitkumar A Shah, Sathya N Dharaneedharan
  • Publication number: 20140278907
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods concern rewarding a user for making a contribution to a crowd-sourced database. An example apparatus may include logic for acquiring the contribution, where the contribution is data produced by a mobile device concerning a point of interest. The example apparatus also includes logic for producing an evaluation of the contribution and logic for providing a reward based on the contribution, the evaluation, and the user. The contribution may be data about a point of interest. The evaluation may be based on the completeness, timeliness, or contents of the contribution. The reward may be selected based on the evaluation of the contribution and a profile of the user. The reward or user profile may be manipulated based on confirmation or repudiation of the contribution by a different user contribution or by curation of the contribution. Providing the contribution may be free to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sandeep Paruchuri
  • Publication number: 20140278858
    Abstract: A method is provided for offering and distributing digital coupons from promoters to users via a network. The method includes the steps of receiving the digital coupons, storing them on a central computer, and associating them with a product identifier. The user selects a selected product identifier, and the digital coupons associated with the selected product identifier are then transmitted to the user, who can then select a selected digital coupon, for use. The promoter pays a fee for the placement of and/or use of each of the digital coupons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: William Sullivan, Dennis Au, Chris Corbett, Dale Hachiya, Sean LeMons
  • Publication number: 20140278877
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for facilitating the purchase of excess items. In one embodiment, customer information and inventory data are retrieved from a merchant client. A determination is made on whether excess items exist. A list of target purchasers is generated based on data associated with a user account, and offers are generated and sent by electronic communication to the list of target purchasers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Yanacek, Gustavo Eduardo Lopez, Steven T. Rabuchin, Michael M. George, Brandon H. Yarbrough
  • Patent number: 8818854
    Abstract: A system for online sales with automatic rebate and coupon redemption provides customers making online purchases to automatically retrieve and redeem all applicable rebates and coupons during an online purchase. Purchase orders from customers are selectively fulfilled and products are shipped to the customers either by the system for online sales with automatic rebate and coupon redemption or by other merchant or manufacturer environments. The system makes purchases from merchants or manufacturers using all applicable coupons and rebates and then sells the products to the customers, passing the savings to them. The system automatically retrieves coupons and rebates for items in a shopping cart during the activity of an online purchase at an electronic mall or an online merchant site and to retrieve manufacturer's and merchant's coupons prior to an online purchasing activity for subsequent submission to an online merchant during a subsequent purchasing activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Enpulz, L.L.C.
    Inventors: James D. Bennett, Christopher C. Winslade
  • Patent number: 8818853
    Abstract: An online sales/automatic rebate and coupon redemption system provides online customers automatic retrieval and redemption of all applicable rebates and coupons during purchase. Purchase orders from customers are selectively fulfilled and products are shipped to the customers either by the system for online sales with automatic rebate and coupon redemption or by other merchant or manufacturer environments. The system purchases from merchants using applicable coupons and rebates and then sells the products to the customers, passing the savings to them. The system makes it possible to automatically retrieve coupons and rebates for items in a shopping cart during the activity of an online purchase at an electronic mall or an online merchant site. The system provides coupons to potential customers via email, based on customer profile, geographical information, etc. Manufacturers and merchants can update coupon value and content based on ongoing sales and volume of customer activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Enpulz, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Bennett, Christopher C. Winslade
  • Patent number: 8818852
    Abstract: An online sales/automatic rebate and coupon redemption system provides online customers automatic retrieval and redemption of all applicable rebates and coupons during purchase. Purchase orders from customers are selectively fulfilled and products are shipped to the customers either by the system for online sales with automatic rebate and coupon redemption or by other merchant or manufacturer environments. The system purchases from merchants using applicable coupons and rebates and then sells the products to the customers, passing the savings to them. The system makes it possible to automatically retrieve coupons and rebates for items in a shopping cart during the activity of an online purchase at an electronic mall or an online merchant site. The system provides coupons to potential customers via email, based on customer profile, geographical information, etc. Manufacturers and merchants can update coupon value and content based on ongoing sales and volume of customer activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Enpulz, L.L.C.
    Inventors: James D. Bennett, Christopher C. Winslade
  • Patent number: 8818850
    Abstract: The presented invention is a method for an advertising sponsor user, using a client computer, or mobile device to be able to register, login and create zip code related local sponsor advertisements, with small advertisements for creating interest in the offers, that link to bigger advertisements with an embedded shopping cart. When a user creates the advertisements, they can upload their images, and create their type for the offers in the same interface form and the advertisements are instantly created and able to be published immediately throughout a network. Utilizing zip codes allows the system to use an intelligent smart decision engine, to make decisions of where advertisements and campaigns should be displayed as related to registered users locations. Also past performance and past advertisement information is utilized by the present invention to make appraisal value judgments as to the value of advertisements for sale, and campaign values for sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Adopt Anything, Inc.
    Inventors: David Valin, Alex Socolof
  • Publication number: 20140236704
    Abstract: Various example embodiments relate to incentivized media delivery. In example embodiments, a media delivery device has access to a plurality of media. The device may receive an external factor from each of a plurality of remote devices. In response, the device may select media from the media storage based on the received external factors, notify each remote device of the availability of the media, and provide an incentive for acquisition of the selected media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Davod Paul Billmaier, Jason Christopher Hall, Alexander Charles Barclay, John Max Kellum, Henry Hideyuki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140236690
    Abstract: Provided is a method and system for the electronic distribution of coupons to user devices. A repository, such as an online service provider, stores packages of coupon data for downloading on demand. The user may view, select, and sort desired coupons. The user's demographic as well as coupon selection data is provided back to the online service and coupon distributor and issuers for subsequent marketing analysis. The online service can perform subsequent coupon processing on previously downloaded coupon packages such as variation of discount amounts and can also determine how many times a particular coupon was viewed. When coupons are presented at a retail store, the discount is provided to the user. Upon redemption by the store, transaction data is also supplied to the coupon issuers and distributor for integration into marketing analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Catalina Marketing Corporation
    Inventors: Craig W. Barnett, Karen R. Reisner, Mark Braunstein
  • Publication number: 20140222536
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method comprises receiving an indication that a user selected social network data that is displayed, on a client device, concurrently with offer data that indicates a coupon offer; wherein prior to receiving the indication, the user of the client device is incapable of accessing the coupon offer; in response to receiving the indication that the user selected the social network data, allowing the user to access the coupon offer, and causing a message to be sent to each user of a plurality of users that are identified, in a social network, as connected to the user, wherein the message includes data about the coupon offer or a coupon provider that initiated the coupon offer; wherein the method is performed by one or more computing devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Coupons.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Matthias Eichstaedt, Deepak Goel, Sunil Keshav Bopardikar
  • Publication number: 20140222547
    Abstract: A social networking system requests a customizable product from a retailer. The retailer accesses social information associated with one or more additional users connected to the social networking system users and generates recommendations for options to customize the customizable product based on the social information associated with the additional users. When the social networking system orders a customizable product using one of the recommended options, the social networking system is notified and generates a story describing the purchase that is communicated to the additional users of the social networking system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Keenan Pridmore, Philip John MacGregor, IV, Stephen Biddle
  • Publication number: 20140214520
    Abstract: Techniques for online price matching are provided. A consumer submits a price offer to a network-based servicer for a product or service. The price offer is directed to or resolved to a specific brick-and-mortar store. The brick-and-mortar store determines whether the price offer can be matched and when it can be matched; a coupon redeemable by the consumer at the brick-and-mortar store is communicated to the consumer. The coupon permits the consumer to acquire the product or service at the price offer provided by an online retailer to the consumer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: NCR Corporation, Law Dept.
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Longino
  • Publication number: 20140214522
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of a method and system for providing an online event that can be customizable are provided. In some examples, a method can be provided including the steps of configuring a server to allow one or more users access to an online event having a specific date and time, configuring the server to allow a third party to provide event information to the one or more users related to the online event, and providing the event information from the third party to the one or more users regarding the online event at the specific date and time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Alan Skollar, David Joel Freilicher
  • Publication number: 20140214523
    Abstract: A system and method for the presentation of advertisements is present. According to one embodiment, a number of impressions of an advertisement message are presented over a computer network such as the Internet to a variety of viewer computers. Depending on the actions taken by the viewers (e.g., whether the Viewer selects the advertising message and accesses a web-link to the advertiser's web-site), bonus exposure (e.g., an additional number of impressions provided to the viewers) of the advertising message is given.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Ari Rosenberg
  • Publication number: 20140207552
    Abstract: A facility for distributing and redeeming electronic manufacturer coupons is described. The facility receives user input selecting a merchant location and displays information about offers redeemable at the selected merchant location that include at least one electronic manufacturer coupon. The facility receives user input requesting redemption of an electronic manufacturer coupon at the selected merchant location, and in response displays information about the distinguished electronic manufacturer coupon including a code for redemption of the offer, records data about the redemption, and transmits recorded redemption data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: CELILO GROUP MEDIA
    Inventor: Nicholas Blosser
  • Publication number: 20140207557
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to providing an online bartering service. The online bartering service may include registering a trading coupon of first user equipment in response to a registration request from the first user equipment, providing information on a list of candidate coupons to the first user equipment based on information on the trading coupon of the first user equipment, receiving a trading offer message with information on a selected candidate coupon from the first user equipment and transmitting the trading offer message to second user equipment having the selected candidate coupon, and automatically processing a difference between the trading coupon and the selected candidate coupon in connection with associated virtual accounts upon receiving a trading acceptance message from the second user equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ra-Woon CHOI, Jeong-Wook LEE, Kyung-Ah HAN, Dong-Wan KIM, Kwang-Hyun BAEK
  • Patent number: 8788324
    Abstract: Creation and placement of rewards associated with preferred payment types enables a merchant to incentivize a customer for selecting the preferred payment types. A number of payment types may be presented to a customer, where at least one payment type is a preferred payment type with an associated reward. The reward may be transmitted to the customer if the customer satisfies conditions for obtaining the reward. The conditions may include using the preferred payment type, applying for the preferred payment type, or making the preferred payment type the default payment type, among other possibilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arjun Shetty, Mary Kay Bowman, Peter S. Vosshall
  • Patent number: 8788323
    Abstract: A method and system for providing consumer defined coupons includes a process for providing consumer defined coupons whereby a consumer proposes/defines the parameters or “terms” of a proposed coupon and/or marketing offer that the consumer feels would compel the consumer to purchase a product and/or service, shop at a defined store, or perform some other defined action. The consumer defined coupon terms are then provided to a potential coupon provider. The potential coupon provider is then provided the opportunity to review the consumer defined coupon terms. The potential coupon provider is then provided the opportunity to accept the consumer defined coupon terms, reject the consumer defined coupon terms, and/or propose alternative coupon terms. If the potential coupon provider accepts the consumer defined coupon terms, a coupon is then created and provided to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Weiss, James Robert Del Favero
  • Publication number: 20140200985
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention enable users to manage codes which may be redeemed for value. For example, some embodiments provide systems and methods for automatically identifying a code communicated to a user which is redeemable for value, and adding the code to an inventory maintained for the user. When the user later shops at a site which allows a code to be redeemed for value, some embodiments of the invention may automatically detect when the user has navigated to a page on the site which allows redemption of the code, and may make the user aware that the code may be redeemed on the page. If the user opts to redeem the code, the field on the page into which the code is to be input may be automatically identified, and the code may be automatically input into that field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Spark Commerce Inc.
    Inventors: Janssen Choong Cheng Shien, Andrew Moss
  • Patent number: 8781895
    Abstract: Events generated by customer interaction during an internet-based session are made available for use by a system for tracking the effectiveness of web advertising campaigns. Event occurrences are collected for evaluation to determine whether campaign goals are being met. Campaigns are defined by rules indicating which ad content is to be displayed to which customers. Event types to be reported are selected depending on the needs of the particular campaign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Webad Campaign Analytics LP
    Inventors: Bruce C. Macartney-Filgate, Edelmiro Perez, Jr., Carolyn C. Faour, Neil Dholakia
  • Publication number: 20140195327
    Abstract: A system and method for providing discount coupons to a customer in a business establishment such as a restaurant. A control server associated with the business establishment is configured to communicate over a wireless communication link with a mobile telecomputing device, such as a smart phone, of the customer. The control server enables the customer to request services utilizing the customer's smart phone. The control server sends the discount coupons to the customer's mobile telecomputing device proactively or in response to customer or waiter requests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: TEZHQ, INC.
    Inventors: Jakub Tomasz Poskrobko, Sherri L. Jones
  • Publication number: 20140195323
    Abstract: A method of pricing a shopping list includes receiving input effective to generate a shopping list identifying multiple different items. The method also includes identifying pricing data of the different items, the pricing data including: a unit cost of each of the different items at multiple different locations, each of the different locations being associated with a different one of multiple merchants; and discounts applicable to one or more of the different items. The method also includes generating a comparison table based on the pricing data. The comparison table includes a price comparison of the shopping list between the merchants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Linh HANKINS
  • Publication number: 20140188592
    Abstract: According to a preferred aspect of the instant invention, there is provided a system for an evaluation system based on content recognition in a mobile environment. Content, preferably audio content is recorded by the instant invention. This content is identified and the identification information is transmitted to a remote server. This remote server transfer specific gratifications based on the received identification information to the mobile device, with a particular leveling system providing additional gratifications when a predetermined number or type of content has been recorded and identified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: MAGIX AG
    Inventors: Tilman Herberger, Titus Tost
  • Publication number: 20140188584
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the product pricing system in e-commerce using the internet, comprises a sale condition management module receiving a sale condition information entered from a seller that includes a lowest set price, a customer price and a prepared number of a product, wherein the lowest set price for a product is determined according to whole sale of the prepared number of a product; a purchase condition management module generating purchase group information by counting a purchased number for each bid price through a product bid price and a purchased number of a product entered from a customer; a status management module generating discount information according to a purchased number of a product based on the sale condition information, and generating varying price information by adding the discount information and the purchase group information; and a pricing module generating a pricing information by setting a price of the product, wherein the price of the product set at the value where the purchase gr
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Young-Nam Park, Ji-Hye Park, Won-Hyung Lee, Min-Hwan Park, Kyeong-Ho Jo
  • Patent number: 8768764
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is described that includes an incentive application for providing incentives to a visitor of a site. The incentive application is both portable onto other sites and is customizable on each site to the information provided on the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Bunchball Inc.
    Inventor: Rajat Paharia
  • Publication number: 20140172539
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for providing a custom bumper within a media station. A custom bumper can be created using gathered bumper creation data and a bumper template. Bumper creation data can be any data regarding the media station and can be used to populate an appropriate bumper template. The populated template is a completed custom bumper customized based on the bumper creation data. Further, rewards can be awarded to encourage desired user interactions. Upon a determination that a desired user interaction has occurred a predetermined number of times, a reward can be awarded. The reward can be making available a previously unavailable media item. Bumper creation data indicating the remaining number of times the user interaction has to be performed to achieve the reward to be awarded can be used to create a custom bumper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Eswar Priyadarshan, Jayasurya Vadrevu
  • Publication number: 20140164093
    Abstract: A system and method to find, manage, access and share promotions, such as daily deals and gift cards, electronically is disclosed. The promotions may be in hardcopy (physical) or digital media. The system and method include generating data from promotions, storing that data on a cloud server, and having that data accessible to users with an electronic device, such as a mobile phone, tablet, or computer. The promotion data is indexed and organized based on any one of a user's preferences so that the user can easily retrieve and redeem his promotions. Also disclosed is a system and method for targeted promotion marketing, including a targeting algorithm to provide advertisers information such as offer usage and user demographics. Personalized offers or promotions may be made to users based on a plurality of factors including consumer behavior, preferences, promotion usage, stores and websites shopped at, and geographic location of a user or merchant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: My Savvy Way, Inc.
    Inventor: Mai Le Libman
  • Patent number: 8751299
    Abstract: A method for managing at least one coupon for a user equipped with a mobile terminal including a collector, a communicator, and a memory which store a set of data relating to the coupon, including collecting by the collection means of the mobile terminal, data contained in a terminal and/or a station and/or a tag; transmitting the data by the mobile terminal to an interactive station; sending an enquiry based on the data by the interactive station to a local server associated with a database; and publishing, by the interactive station, information items corresponding to processing of a received response to the enquiry transmitted by the local server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Bouygues Telecom
    Inventors: Philippe Coppolani, Charles Devaux
  • Publication number: 20140156378
    Abstract: Embodiments of task-based, decreasing-price markets enable dynamic discounting of items for sale. In one example, users shop for products (e.g., clothing, electronics, or cars) or services (e.g., hotel rooms, plane tickets, or car rentals) using a computing device or mobile device. As the users shop, they view advertisements or perform other tasks, like answering questions, and the system discounts an item's price based on the number or complexity of the performed tasks. Each user who performs a task gets a chance to buy the item at its discounted price. The other users also get a chance to buy the item at the discounted price. If someone buys the item, the item's price returns to its starting value. If nobody buys the item, the system discounts the item's price further as the users perform more tasks until someone buys the item or the item's price reaches a minimum value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Skinnyprices, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Owen McGuire
  • Patent number: 8744907
    Abstract: A method and system for the electronic distribution of product redemption coupons to remote personal computers located at users' homes are disclosed. A centrally located repository, such as an online service provider or web site on the Internet, stores packages of coupon data for downloading on demand to the user's computer. A coupon generated by the system and method of the present invention comprises an encoded area that consists essentially of a unique Coupon Id. The unique Coupon Id is also recorded in a database comprising a plurality of data tables. At least one of the data tables associates each Coupon Id with one or more of a Promotion Id and a Consumer Id. Preferably, the Print Id is also associated in a data table with a Session Id and information regarding the date/time of printing. The Ids other than the Coupon Id may not be printed on the coupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Catalina Marketing Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory B. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20140149203
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for serving targeted advertisements over a communications network and motivating users to view the advertisements by compensating the users after they view an advertisement and verify that they are human and have viewed the advertisement. The targeting is based on target information provided by an advertiser being compared with user information provided by a user who is registered and logged into the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: NPV Hungary Zartkoruen Mukodo Reszvenytarsasag
    Inventors: Ágota NARANCSIK, Miklós VARGA
  • Patent number: 8738467
    Abstract: Methods for determining a predictive rating are disclosed. In an embodiment, an active user is compared to a set of clusters. One or more of the clusters are determined to be most similar to the active user. From the one or more clusters, K users are determined to be most similar to the active user. Prior ratings for an item by the K users may be used to predict a rating for the item for the active user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Chenxi Lin, Gui-Rong Xue, Hua-Jun Zeng, Zheng Chen, Benyu Zhang, Jian Wang
  • Patent number: RE45006
    Abstract: A method for customer promotion includes sequentially processing each of a plurality of items in a customer order. The price of each item is accumulated after processing. A marginal discount associated with each item processed is generated. This marginal discount is generated in response to a signal that indicates the accumulated price exceeds a predetermined threshold. Unapplied marginal discounts are accumulated for application to the customer order. A discount is applied to the customer order in response to a signal that is generated that indicates the accumulated discounts exceeds a predetermined minimum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Midnight Blue Remote Access LLC
    Inventors: David W. Deaton, Rodney G. Gabriel