Online Discount Or Incentive Patents (Class 705/14.39)
  • Publication number: 20130311258
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for offering a deal to a group of users, and for determining differential discounts for the users of the group that participate in the deal. A deal is offered to users of a group of users formed in association with a corresponding topic. Each user of the group is enabled to selectively accept the deal. The deal is confirmed with a plurality of users of the group that accepted the deal. Discounts for the deal are differentially assigned to the plurality of users based on at least one parameter such that at least two users that accepted the deal have discounts that are different from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Piyush Kumar Srivastava, Ashootosh Chand
  • Patent number: 8589224
    Abstract: Techniques, for automatically determining frequent traveler award redemptions by rule are disclosed. The frequent travel award redemption program is encoded in rules using predefined data structures based on fare by rule data structures. The techniques automatically determine a travel itinerary based on a query and the rules. Also included is a graphical user interface that displays a plurality of possible travel options for redemption using a frequent travel award. The rules include fields to determine co-pay options and for calculating mileage purchase options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Baggett, Rodney S. Daughtrey, Daniel J. Thumim, Thomas C. Vogel
  • Patent number: 8583557
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and storage mediums for providing multi-media content storage and management services are provided. A method includes, from a single user interface: creating a library of content items, creating at least one other content item that includes an electronic greeting, and associating at least one component of the library with the electronic greeting to form an arrangement. The electronic greeting includes an electronic greeting card and a personalized message. The electronic greeting also includes a gift associated with a unique code. The gift includes one or more of a: music selection, movie, computer game, and video game. The gift is retrievable via electronic download upon entry of the unique code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy A. Hill, Marie McMenamin, Zakir Patrawaia, Mukesh K. Singh
  • Publication number: 20130297403
    Abstract: The present invention discloses methods, systems, and technologies leveraging the capabilities of digital device, e-commerce, and social media technologies to expand the product choices and price options available to each purchaser of a product or service, while also increasing the marketing capabilities and general product awareness of creative content in both physical and digital environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory P. Manning
  • Publication number: 20130297402
    Abstract: System and method for trackable applications including an application providing unit, a controller, and an incentive tracker. The application providing unit is adapted to send a trackable application upon request. The controller is adapted to receive interactions from the trackable application. The incentive tracker is adapted to select an incentive based on the interaction data. The controller is further adapted to send the selected incentive to the trackable application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Luojian Chen, Reiner Kraft, Guan Guan
  • Patent number: 8573477
    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: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Enpulz, L.L.C.
    Inventors: James D. Bennett, Christopher C. Winslade
  • Patent number: 8577721
    Abstract: There is provided a communication device which has a first communication system that communicates with an external telephone device and a second communication system that communicates with an external computer. The communication device comprises a call unit and a data acquisition unit. The call unit makes a call to a telephone device designated by a user using the first communication system. If a destination of the call unit is decided by the user's designation, a data acquisition unit obtains data corresponding to the destination telephone device using the second communication system. By only making a call operation, the user can obtain the data corresponding to the destination telephone device from the communication device through the computer network which is a different kind of network from the telephone line network. That is, the communication device can reduce user's operations to access related devices over various kinds of networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuma Aoki, Kiyotaka Ohara, Makoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8573491
    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: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Enpulz, L.L.C.
    Inventors: James D. Bennett, Christopher C. Winslade
  • Publication number: 20130282475
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for providing a coupon by using SNS information or providing a notification message related to the coupon. More specifically, the present invention rotates to a system and method for providing a coupon or providing a notification message to a receiver by inputting an SNS account or a relation of the receiver, or by inputting location information for using the coupon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: CJ E&M CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kang Seuk Kim, Sang Ho Shin
  • Patent number: 8566167
    Abstract: A retailer computer system receives from a first computing device a shopping recap having data indicative of one or more products that were shown to a customer by the sales associate while the customer was within a retail establishment. The received shopping recap is stored within a data repository where it is linked to a customer identifier that is associated with the customer and an associate identifier that is associated with the sale associate. If the customer later purchases a product, data indicative of the product being purchased is compared against data within any shopping recap that is linked to that customer to determine if a sales associate that is also linked to any shopping recap linked to that customer is to be awarded a commission for the product being purchased. The purchase of the product by the customer may further generate a digital receipt where the digital receipt includes a notice that the customer is being awarded an incentive, such as a coupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Leena Munjal
  • Publication number: 20130275204
    Abstract: Systems and methods for distributing and activating gift cards and advertising so as to provide a gift card mall in the home of a gift giver are described. The system can include a unitary single-sheet form, a package envelope, an activation system, a delivery system, and a redemption system. The system can also include a publication. A plurality of the forms can be inserted into the package envelope for delivery to the gift giver. The gift giver can select one or more of the gift cards for activation and delivery to a gift recipient. The gift recipient can then redeem the activated gift received from the gift giver for a redemption item sold or provided by a retailer, service provider, or manufacturer. The redemption item can be a good, service, or money. The redemption item can be purchased at an online shopping mall, by telephone, or in a retail store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: WILopEN Products, LC
  • Publication number: 20130275203
    Abstract: A method for selling a replacement supply item according to one embodiment includes in response to a scan of an encoded uniform resource identifier provided on a supply item, identifying a product type and a source type of the scanned supply item. A web page specific to the identified product type of the scanned supply item is then displayed that facilitates ordering the replacement supply item. The displayed web page varies depending on the identified source type of the scanned supply item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: John Douglas Anderson, Timothy William Learn, Julie Katherine Lyons, Matthew Thomas Martinkovic, Timothy Rademacher
  • Patent number: 8560386
    Abstract: Systems and methods for selecting advertisements for presentation in a map space are disclosed. Map requests are received, map spaces identified, advertisement bids are received for advertisement space within the map spaces, and advertisements are selected for presentation in the map space based on the advertisement bids. The advertisement bids can be selected through an auction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Badger, James E. Payne, Michael S. Perrow
  • Patent number: 8560399
    Abstract: A host computing device conducts scheduled repetitive searches for a resource to be purchased and delivery according to a specified delivery schedule. A customer provides the host with a description of the resource and provides a specified delivery schedule. The host computing device conducts automated scheduled repetitive searches for the resource, selects a vendor offering the resource based on a criterion (e.g., lowest price), and conducts the respective purchases such that the resources are delivered in accordance with the specified delivery schedule. Here, the resource may be purchased from a first vendor in a first purchase and a second, different vendor in a subsequent second purchase for the resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Netplenish, Inc.
    Inventors: David Compton, Steven Markowitz
  • Patent number: 8559919
    Abstract: A method of providing a service to a customer comprises receiving a request by a customer for an item of content, providing to the customer an option to subscribe to a service for a limited time, if the customer opts to subscribe, then providing the service for the limited time, and if the customer does not opt to subscribe, then not providing the service for the limited time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: SMS.ac, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Pousti
  • Publication number: 20130268338
    Abstract: The disclosure provides for electronic commerce using streaming media. (1) E-commerce opportunities are combined with incentives (e.g., random, pseudo-random, skill-based, or responsive to aggregate buying) for participation by recipients, enhancing the likelihood of responses from recipients and the value of distribution of the promotional information. (2) Techniques are applied to a server associated with e-commerce opportunities, to avoid unduly burdening that server. An applet may conduct the interactive process with the recipient and present results to the server, implement the incentives, conduct e-commerce transactions with the recipient, and select one or more recipients for an incentive reward. (3) The promotional material is associated with elements of the streaming media being presented, such as an actor or object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: TVWORKS, LLC
    Inventor: Larry Taymor
  • Patent number: 8554615
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, context-induced wireless network information and content transport systems and methods are provided. In another aspect of the present application, a system includes first and second mobile devices that store respective interest profiles. A further aspect of the present application provides that wireless point-to-point connections are formed when the first and second mobile devices are in close physical proximity to each other. In another aspect, the mobile devices automatically exchange advertising content between each other based on the respective interest profiles over the wireless point-to-point connections. Yet another aspect employs a content distribution device wirelessly transmitting advertising content to one of the first and second mobile devices when the one of the first and second mobile devices is in close physical proximity to the content distribution device. A method of operating such a wireless network is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventor: Subir Biswas
  • Patent number: 8548869
    Abstract: Products and processes are provided in which information is received about a post for an item to be sold. The information may include type data identifying the item for sale as being a specific type of item. Based on the received type data, a posting payment amount is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Andrew S. Van Luchene, Deirdre O'Shea, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Publication number: 20130254012
    Abstract: A system and method for using a discount display system are provided in which a plurality of purchase option screens are displayed to a user. For each discount-eligible item identifier selected by the user, the price of the item is added to the user's total, the current discount available to the user is recalculated and the updated discount is displayed to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: RUSSELL SERGIADES
  • Patent number: 8543451
    Abstract: Accordingly some embodiments, a merchant server receives an indication of acceptance by a customer of an offer for a subsidy from a second merchant of a purchase of at least one item from a first merchant. The customer agrees to participate in an additional transaction with the second merchant in exchange for having the subsidy applied against the purchase from the first merchant. In one embodiment, after selling the at least one item to the customer, the merchant server determines that the customer did not participate in an additional transaction with the second merchant as the customer agreed to, and assesses a penalty against the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco, John M. Packes, Jr., James A. Jorasch, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130246137
    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: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: SkinnyPrices, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Owen McGuire
  • Publication number: 20130246159
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for providing and redeeming Purchase Incentive Artifacts via a mobile device and independent of a vendor point of sale system. The Purchase Incentive may be used to encourage a Purchaser to make a Purchase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Davidson
  • Patent number: 8533037
    Abstract: An item may be purchased using a combination of rewards and monetary consideration, wherein a maximum allowable reward payment portion (or correspondingly a minimum monetary consideration amount) is established by the merchant, the reward issuer, or an online reward exchange operator. The user may select, using for example a user interface slider control, the desired number of rewards to redeem (up to the maximum allowable amount) and the corresponding monetary consideration portion is displayed. The transaction may then be executed wherein the selected rewards are redeemed and the balance is paid for with the corresponding monetary consideration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Signature Systems LLC
    Inventor: Richard Postrel
  • Patent number: 8533039
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method and system for online sales providing automatic rebate and coupon redemption corresponding to online purchases. Purchase orders from customers may be fulfilled and the products shipped to customers by the system for online sales with automatic rebate and coupon redemption. The system may provide customers with the ability to make online purchases using applicable coupons and rebates from merchants or manufacturers thereby passing the savings on to the customer. The system may also automatically retrieve coupons and rebates for use during an online purchasing activity for items in a shopping cart during a shopping activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher C. Winslade, James D. Bennett
  • Publication number: 20130226688
    Abstract: A method and system to help fund projects, such as business ventures, charitable causes, and those generally in financial need, by providing a website where viewers can browse projects, select projects to fund, and donate money, or goods and services to fund the project. In the spirit of giving, the creator of a new project may also be required to make a donation or pledge to an existing project in order to have the new project published.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Annie Harvilicz, Andres Martinez
  • Publication number: 20130218646
    Abstract: Computer systems and methods using servers in a communication network, including computer processors and computer-readable media with instructions to cause them to perform operations, including disseminating a reward page to communication platforms on the network. The reward page could include an associated goal or need and an initial reward amount. Further, the communication platforms can be accessed by contacts, receive a request from contacts to modify the associated initial reward amount, and upon validation of the request, update the reward page to indicate the modified reward amount. Also, disseminate the reward page with the modified reward amount on the network, to receive, from the contacts, solution opportunities to achieve the goal or need associated with the reward page. Then select solution opportunities to achieve the goal or need of the reward page and award the modified reward amount to a recipient who submitted the selected solution opportunity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Rewarder, Inc.
    Inventor: Rewarder, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130218662
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems and methods for creating a reward on computer servers in a communication network, including generating an electronic posting, based on information received from a posting user, where the received information includes a description of a goal or need. Then associating an incentive with the posting, the incentive being for a successful submission of a solution opportunity in response to the posting. Next, disseminating the posting including information about the incentive to at least one communication platform on the network and causing a display of the disseminated posting in display units. And in response to the posting, receiving at least one solution opportunity from users and allowing a selection of solution opportunities from any received solution opportunity. Then associating, the selected solution opportunity with at least one recipient, and awarding the incentive to the recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Rewarder, Inc.
    Inventor: Rewarder, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130218652
    Abstract: Computer systems and methods on servers in a communication network, including computers having processors and executing computer-readable media, to receive a first request to share a reward page from a user, indicating a goal or need. And in response to the received request, disseminate the reward page to communication platforms via the network. Next, receive a request to share the reward page from a user. Next, in response to the received request, disseminate the reward page to another group of communication platforms via the network and receive solution opportunities from contacts from the communication platforms. Then determine one received solution opportunity from solution opportunities that achieves the goal or need of the reward page and determine a chain of contacts that resulted in the submission of selected at least one solution. Finally split the reward among the contacts in the chain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Rewarder, Inc.
    Inventor: Rewarder, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130218661
    Abstract: Incentive systems and methods on computer servers in a communication network, including components such as a goal page module configured to generate an electronic posting on the communication network, where the posting is based on information received from a posting user. Also the received information could include a description of a goal or need. A bounty system module configured to associate an incentive with the posting, the incentive being for a successful submission of a solution opportunity in response to the posting. A distributor engine module configured to disseminate the posting, and a bounty fulfillment module configured to receive solution opportunities from the second user and allow selection of solution opportunities from any received solution opportunity. Further a payment system module configured to associate the selected solution opportunity with recipients and award the incentive to the recipients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Rewarder, Inc.
    Inventor: Rewarder, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130218660
    Abstract: Incentive systems and methods on computer servers in a communication network, including components such as a user data component configured to receive and store user profile and activity information, a goal page module configured to generate a user interface to allow users of the incentive system to input a goal or need and an associated incentive. A distributor engine configured to allow users to cause the posting of the goal page to a plurality of communication platforms. An opportunity processor configured to process solution opportunities received in response to the posting. A bounty fulfillment module configured to allow the selection of solution opportunities, and a payment system configured to collect a fund based on the associated incentive and distribute the fund based on the selection solution opportunities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Rewarder, Inc.
    Inventor: Rewarder, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8510175
    Abstract: Products and processes are provided in which information is received for a post relating to an item to be sold via a posting site. A posting payment amount relating to the post is determined. The posting amount is provided as a credit for purchases. For example, the credit may be a credit that is usable for purchases via the posting site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Andrew S. Van Luchene, Deirdre O'Shea, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Patent number: 8510174
    Abstract: Products and processes are provided in which information is received about a post relating to an item to be sold via a posting site. A posting payment award is determined. The posting payment award may be determined by calculating a posting payment amount. The posting award is provided in the form of a prominent feature of the post on the posting site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Andrew S. Van Luchene, Deirdre O'Shea, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Dean Alderucci
  • Publication number: 20130197973
    Abstract: A computer implemented method includes receiving vehicle location information. The method also includes delivering a survey to one or more vehicle occupants, over a vehicle audio system, the survey related to a business having some correlation to the location information. Further, the method includes collecting survey results. Also, the method includes relaying the survey results to a remote server for processing. The method additionally includes providing a digital reward to the one or more occupants participating in the survey.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yimin Liu, Perry Robinson MacNeille, Joe Phillip Pierucci, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Erica Klampfl
  • Publication number: 20130197991
    Abstract: In one aspect, an account identifier is associated with a deal purchased by a user from a deal site. The deal has a face value applicable to a transaction with a predetermined merchant, if the transaction satisfies one or more predetermined criteria. The user pays the deal site an amount smaller than the face value. When the account identifier is used at a transaction terminal to initiate a payment transaction, a transaction handler determines whether the payment transaction satisfies the one or more predetermined criteria; and if so, the transaction handler provides the transaction terminal with an authorization response identifying the remaining balance, which is determined by deducting the face value from the payment transaction. The account identifier may be a one-time account number generated specifically for the deal purchased by the user, or an account number of the user used to purchase the deal from the deal site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventor: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
  • Patent number: 8498898
    Abstract: A system and method that allows a group of organizations, e.g. a group of transit agencies, to provide their users with a stored value smart card payment method that rewards them for actual use. The system and method include a card interface device and a smart card for storing respective reward applications, wherein the card interface device reward application retrieves transaction and reward data from the smart card and processes the data within the card interface device in order to determine a transaction reward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Citicorp Development Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark F. Kogen, Ramiro Munoz
  • Publication number: 20130191206
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing a value rating for discount coupon offers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Buy Local, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Banks, Shawn Rajabi, Bobak Rajabi
  • Publication number: 20130191205
    Abstract: A system and method for retrieving and redeeming product coupons, including the following steps: a) Offering a Web-based coupon retrieval and redemption application for downloading onto a compatible registered mobile device, preferably a mobile phone; b) Once the Web-based application has been downloaded and activated, receiving a coupon prompt from the mobile phone device for at least one item of interest at the store; c) Searching a system database of the Web-based application for at least one coupon corresponding to the item; d) Retrieving and forwarding the coupon to the mobile phone device in response to the coupon prompt at the store; e) Displaying the coupon in a display window of the mobile phone device; and f) Upon selection of the coupon, initiating a system for redeeming the coupon at the store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Elijah Harkless, II, Alvin Eugene Lawrence, Jonathan W. Walker, Chauncey E. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8494901
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enabling multi-merchant coupon campaigns within an online publication system are described. In an example, a method can include generating an item listing, receiving information specifying a set of coupon criteria, detecting an event within a multi-merchant publication system, and present a coupon in response to detecting the event. The generating an item listing can be based on information received from a merchant-computer. If the set of coupon criteria is detected it can result in presenting a coupon for the item listing. The event can satisfy a particular coupon criteria from the set of coupon criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Diwakar Magadi, Prasad Sadhu, Srinivas Dundigalla, Vignesh Rathinasamy Somasundaram
  • Publication number: 20130185139
    Abstract: A method for matching consumers and advertisements over a network includes matching demographic traits provided by the consumers with demographic targets provided by advertisers. Upon receiving a request for a consumer through a website of a web content provider, the central server provides the requesting consumer with a user interface that includes a slide-bar icon with which the requesting consumer can share a portion of the compensation it will receive for viewing that advertisement with the content provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: YOUDATA, INC.
    Inventor: YOUDATA, INC.
  • Patent number: 8489453
    Abstract: Improved techniques and systems to facilitate use of credit to acquire digital media assets from a network-based media server are disclosed. A user can acquire credit in a variety of different ways including, for example, through redeeming a credit invitation. Once a user has available credit by whatever means, the user can acquire one or more digital media assets from the network-based media server using his/her available credit. In one embodiment, the credit is provided as item credits, whereby each item credit can be used to acquire a selected digital media asset. However, not all of the digital media assets available from the network-based media server are permitted to be acquired using item credits. The country of origin of the user and/or the type of media asset can influence the digital media assets that can be acquired using item credits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Burkholder
  • Patent number: 8484078
    Abstract: Described are methods and systems for registering consumers with merchant loyalty or other merchant programs by using a credit card or other form of payment to register the consumer, and thereafter automatically recognizing the consumer as a member in the program based on subsequent purchases made using the form of payment. Consumer rewards can then be automatically applied during the purchase transactions with the merchant. Thus, the present disclosure allows for consumers to seamlessly and transparently gain the benefits of consumer programs merely by purchasing goods and services using forms of payment, without consumers needing to carry additional cards or coupons or login information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: vPromos, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Mankoff, Bruce Rhoads
  • Publication number: 20130173377
    Abstract: Systems and methods to deliver dynamic context sensitive offers to incent user behavior are discussed. For example, a method to deliver a dynamic context sensitive offer can include operations for generating a dynamic offer, delivering the dynamic offer, receiving data associated with a user, updating a context input with data associated with the user, and adjusting the value of the dynamic offer. Generating the dynamic offer includes associating a rule for manipulating the value of the dynamic offer based on a context input. Updating the context input of the rule includes extracting context information from the data associated with the user. Adjusting the value of the dynamic offer can be based on reevaluation of the rule with the updated context input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Arik Keller, Dane Howard, Michael Lenahan, Ben Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20130173378
    Abstract: The invention provides systems and methods of adaptive marketing based on interactive feedback from one or more participants. In particular, a system for adaptive marketing, comprising a participant access device, at least one data management devices, a communication means between the participant access device and the at least one data management device, and one or more sub-platforms for facilitating at least one participant interaction with the system. The one or more sub-platforms may include an Advertising sub-platform, a Redemption sub-platform, an Offer sub-platform, a Social Media sub-platform, and an Education sub-platform. Also included are methods for adapting marketing. The methods include identifying characteristics of a participant, trending the identifying characteristics, and adapting marketing materials based on the trends. The invention provides methods for distributing offers for goods or services including driving viral interactions with an integrated system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Really Epic Dog, Ltd.
    Inventor: Really Epic Dog, Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8478639
    Abstract: The loyalty system allows a consumer to accumulate general loyalty points from one or more merchants, and convert any desired subset of general points to loyalty dollars associated with a specific merchant. The system stores, for each consumer, the merchant loyalty dollars (or monetary equivalent) by merchant within a remotely-accessible host database or within a smart card database. Upon conducting a purchase at a particular merchant, the consumer may utilize a code key to facilitate access to the consumer's own loyalty dollars for the particular merchant. The loyalty dollars are then applied to the purchase transaction as a discount or rebate. The consumer may also re-load the merchant loyalty dollar accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Donna A. Antonucci
  • Publication number: 20130166366
    Abstract: Meal planning and coupon dispensing are provided. An electronic-shopping list is created. Store-specific data is procured from third-party store websites. The store-specific data is added to the electronic-shopping list. Recipes from third-party websites are saved. The third-party recipes are parsing for ingredients. The ingredients are added to the electronic-shopping list. Manufacturer and/or coupon publisher websites are analyzed for coupons. Items on the electronic-shopping list are analyzed to maximize savings through the use of manufacturer coupons. Recipe ingredients are analyzed to maximize savings through the use of manufacturer coupons and store sales items. Recipes are ranked by the number of discounted ingredients they contain. An in-store navigation map includes an in-store application interface. Thus, an integrated approach for shopping list, coupon, and recipe management is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Commodore Allen
  • Patent number: 8473342
    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: April 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Catalina Marketing Corporation
    Inventor: Greg Roberts
  • Publication number: 20130159089
    Abstract: A social networking system distributes offers to its users using the social networking users' news feed or another communication channel in the social networking system. To distribute offers, the social networking system receives a post from an advertising user, which includes a coupon or other offer that can be redeemed at a merchant establishment. The post generates an offer story that includes the post with the offer, and an option for claiming the offer. The social networking system sends the offer story to a viewing user of the social networking system, and receives from the viewing user a selection of the option for claiming the offer. To further distribute the offer, the social networking system sends a news story about the viewing user claiming the offer in a feed of news stories to one or more other users of the social networking system who are connected to the viewing user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: SEBASTIAN GIL, ROUSSEAU KAZI, ROHIT DHAWAN, JEFFREY ANDREW KANTER
  • Publication number: 20130151329
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of marketing to a prospective customer comprises: creating an offer for submittal to the prospective customer; enabling the prospective customer to access and retrieve at least one of a coupon, a barcode, a data matrix code, a partial numbering sequence, and a password related to the offer; and accepting, from the prospective customer, at least one of the coupon, the barcode, the data matrix code, the partial numbering sequence, and the password at a pre-designated validation site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventors: Ayman A. Azzi, Samir Chrem
  • Patent number: 8463706
    Abstract: A transaction handler receives, for forwarding to a sponsor account's issuer, a coupon authorization request message from a merchant's acquirer that identifies the sponsor account and a coupon for an item being purchased by a consumer in a transaction with the merchant. The issuer determines eligibility of the coupon for use by the consumer, and sends an authorization response message to the merchant via its acquirer and the transaction handler for the application of a corresponding discount for the item when the coupon is eligible. One or more coupon eligibilities for the purchase of the item by the consumer from the merchant can be derived from comparisons of the transaction to predetermined times, geographies, jurisdictions, sets of merchants, and/or the number of times that coupons have been used in other transactions. The transaction handler can further process the transaction for authorization the consumer's account to pay of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Karen L. Cervenka, Mary Theresa Taylor, Gwen Diane Ma
  • Patent number: RE44541
    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: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Midnight Blue Remote Access LLC
    Inventors: David W. Deaton, Rodney G. Gabriel