Advertisement Creation Patents (Class 705/14.72)
  • Patent number: 10366456
    Abstract: A system for presenting operational data is disclosed. The system includes a storage element to store a plurality of insurance policies and a product designer module to: maintain an insurance product model that specifies possible configurations of insurance policy products associated with the plurality of insurance policies; obtain operational data pertaining to a set of existing insurance transactional data associated with the insurance policies; and present to be displayed: at least a portion of the insurance product model comprising a set of insurance product model elements and at least some of the operational data corresponding to the set of insurance product model elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Guidewire Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin David Brantley, Diana Elizabeth Jaffe
  • Patent number: 10142278
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for automatically detecting anomalies in the content of a scheduled social media post, alerting a user to the presence of such anomalies before the content is posted and recommending a course of action when an anomaly is detected. A set of keywords is extracted from a scheduled post using an ontological classification technique. At predetermined time intervals, the keywords are compared with information obtained from one or more data sources to determine if an anomaly is present. If an anomaly is detected, the scheduled post is classified into one of at least three categories: supporting the post, neutral, or opposing the post. Once the anomaly is detected and the scheduled post is classified, the author of the post is alerted to the anomaly along with the categorization. Subsequently, the author may reschedule the post to an earlier or later time, delete the post, or change the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Mohit Garg, Pawan Goyal, Ankur Jain, Vivek Kumar
  • Patent number: 10089284
    Abstract: Transforming a website for dynamic web content management includes identifying aspects of a static website that are to be under dynamic web content management, organizing the aspects of the static website in preparation for storing the aspects, and storing the aspects of the static website with a specific identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dana L. Price, Craig M. Tognarina, Michael E. Vince, Scott A. Will
  • Patent number: 10001828
    Abstract: A signal adapter device for a display system which enables turning on and off the display device for energy conservation. The signal adapter has a signal input port coupled to a signal source, a signal output port coupled to a display, and an adapter port coupled to a sensor. Corresponding pins of the input and output ports are electrically connected to each other, except that the hot plug detect pin of the input port is electrically disconnected from that of the output port but is electrically connected to a hot plug detect pin of the adapter port. The sensor senses environmental conditions such as the presence of viewers within a certain distance, and generates a voltage signal for the hot plug detect pin. Based on this signal on its hot plug detect pin, the signal source determines whether to transmit multimedia data to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: ATEN INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Li-Jen Chang
  • Patent number: 9704281
    Abstract: A method of generating distributable and/or shareable selectively animated images comprising the steps of: (a) opening a client computer program, implemented as client computer program loaded on a mobile device; (b) capturing or accessing a video content; (c) using a user interface of the client computer program, a user drawing a path or region on an image frame from the video content to be animated (“animated region”), wherein the client computer program generated based on the animated region a mask, wherein the mask represents the static portion of a selectively animated image, and the mask is operable to mask underlying animated regions; and (d) the client computer program initiating, at the mobile device or via a server linked to the mobile device, the composition of a series of images including user selected animated regions, by rendering an animated image based on mask and the underlying masked animated regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: FLIXEL PHOTOS INC.
    Inventors: Philippe Louis LeBlanc, Mark Harris Pavlidis, Bretton James MacLean
  • Patent number: 9684910
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product are disclosed to improve generation of electronic communications. The method may include providing a plurality of content slots each configured to receive content. The method may also include maintaining a database comprising a plurality of content generators, and determining, using a processor, one of the plurality of content generators for providing content to each of the plurality of content slots. The determining the one of the plurality of promotion content generators or non-promotion content generators may include providing a first content generator of the plurality of content generators with a set of selection parameters, and receiving a first bid for one of the plurality of content slots from the first content generator. The first content generator may determine the bid based at least in part on the set of selection parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Ayars, Ruslan Gilfanov, Jeffrey A. Holden, John Mark Nickels, Pete Prokopowicz, Daniel M. Roarty, David Thacker
  • Patent number: 9607094
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, a portable terminal obtains an address for accessing a server from a signage terminal. The portable terminal generates a card for displaying a message in the signage terminal. The portable terminal transmits the card to the server. The signage terminal displays the card received from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshba, Toshiba Visual Solutions Corporation
    Inventor: Hisao Kawasato
  • Patent number: 9483793
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments that provide immersive multimedia views for items. An immersive view for an item is rendered upon a display. The immersive view features an image of the item surrounded by a user interface layer that provides information about the item. The user interface layer is hidden when a cursor moves onto a first portion of the immersive view corresponding to the image of the item. The image of the item is replaced with a video stream of the item when the cursor moves onto a second portion of the immersive view corresponding to the image of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Devraj Varadhan, Sean M. Scott, Douglas J. Gradt
  • Patent number: 9430451
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and corresponding system for parsing author name text strings in documents. The method and system may electronically scan a document that contains an author name text string comprising a set of initials, one or more author surnames, and punctuation. The author name text string may be in non-standardized format. The method and system may identify a character sequence in the document as potentially being the author name test string based on (i) a sequence of title-case words, capital letter, and punctuation, and (ii) the character sequence ending with a recognized indicator. The method and system may parse the identified character sequence by converting any punctuation and whitespace between terms in the character sequence to a single space character, identifying a pattern of surname and set of initials comprising each author name contained in the character sequence, and marking up the components of surname and set of initials comprising each author name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Inera, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Kleshchevich, Bruce D. Rosenblum, Irina Golfman
  • Patent number: 9374421
    Abstract: A method for sharing a content item from an originator with one or more first-order recipients may include receiving a first grouping of one or more first-order recipients that is selected to receive the content item from the originator. The method may also include receiving one or more distribution objectives from the originator. The method may also include selecting a first share time for the content item. The method may also include predicting a first predicted grouping of second-order recipients derived from the first grouping of first-order recipients for the content item at the first share time. The method may also include determining whether the distribution objectives are met for the content item. The method may also include sharing the content item at the first share time in response to the distribution objectives being met for the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Judith H. Bank, Liam Harpur, Ruthie D. Lyle, Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 9224100
    Abstract: A mobile device, including an accelerometer and a processing unit receiving signals from the accelerometer and determining motion information of the mobile device based on the received signals is disclosed. A content selector selects a media format for content based on the physical state of the mobile device as indicated by the signals from the accelerometer. A display device displays the content in the selected media format. When the motion is a predetermined type of motion, the received content is withheld from being displayed by the display device. A machine learning apparatus is provided as the content selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Surojit Chatterjee, Alex Gawley, Chrix Erik Finne
  • Patent number: 9075983
    Abstract: A more secure CAPTCHA makes use of a distorted alphanumeric character string or strings that include one or more glyphs, pictures or symbols foreign to a target audience. Adding at least one of a glyph, picture or symbol makes recognition of the distorted string trivial since humans who would know which of the character set to expect, but a very difficult decision for a computer already struggling to decide where a character begins and ends, let alone identifying the character as being valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Evan Michael Foote
  • Patent number: 9058619
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a system for measurement, planning, monitoring and execution of advertisements on out-of-home media. The invention provides a method by which greater eyeball content is ensured to out-of-home media assets thereby benefiting advertisers and ensuring efficient advertising budget spend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventors: Purushottaman Nandakumar, Vinay Chandra
  • Publication number: 20150149303
    Abstract: A photographic stage is provided that includes at least one camera, a scanner, and a computer configured to capture a plurality of images from the at least one camera. The computer is also configured to detect a tagged item based on data from the scanner and to identify the tagged item in at least one of the images. A method of using the photographic stage and an apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Stylinity, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Prizer Spering
  • Publication number: 20150149302
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating device-optimized content from source data. The method and system include computing hardware which is operable to execute one or more software products for providing a graphical user interface for enabling user-manipulation of the source data to generate intermediate content. In addition, the method and system include a translation arrangement for translating the intermediate content to the device-optimized content. The translation arrangement takes into account rendering characteristics of one or more wireless-enabled portable rendering devices on which the device-optimized content is to be rendered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: WAYVE LTD.
    Inventor: JAMIE ANDREW JOHN PARKER
  • Publication number: 20150149274
    Abstract: This present patent builds on 61/494,133 by providing specifics on the advertiser/marketer interface, advertisement feedback and reports on the advertising campaign effectiveness. The marketer interface allows the advertiser/marketer to set up an advertising campaign, link data to their 4P key words/phrases and generate reports to show the effectiveness of their advertising efforts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: William Conrad
  • Patent number: 9037488
    Abstract: Systems and methods of using electronic records and corresponding physical signage for advertising and marketing an item are defined. A user input interface is used to create electronic records that define the advertised and marketed item. A database communicates with the user input interface and stores one or more electronic records. A record comparer compares electronic records and limits the number of records that relate to the same item using a prioritization schema and a limit identifier. A code generator generates an electronic code associated with a single record. A sign generator creates an electronic sign and an output system reproduces a physical version of the electronic sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Renaissance Properties, LLC.
    Inventor: Martin D. Kerpel
  • Patent number: 9032018
    Abstract: The invention relates to a targeting technique for controlling the provisioning of content items, for example advertisements, to users in a mobile communications network (100). A method embodiment of the technique is performed in a provisioning server (114) in the mobile communications network and comprises the steps of receiving an indication of a content item which has been selected by a first user via a first mobile terminal (126); retrieving, from a user-related database, contact information associated with the first user, wherein the contact information indicates at least one second user (128); determining a location of a second mobile terminal of the second user; and selectively initiating, if an intended presentation area for the selected content item covers the location of the second mobile terminal, a presentation of the selected content item to the second mobile terminal (128).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Karl Quinn
  • Patent number: 9027061
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to receive from a media communication system metadata describing one or more marketable items depicted in a media program supplied by the media communication system, present images of the media program at a media presentation device without highlighting the one or more marketable items, present an icon at least at one of a remote controller managing operations of the media processor or the media presentation device to indicate a presence of the one or more marketable items in one or more of the images presented at the media presentation device, detect a selection of the icon, and highlight the one or more marketable items. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Publication number: 20150120469
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a display unit that displays an advertisement data list including one or more pieces of advertisement data in a preview mode, and a controller that detects one or more pieces of advertisement data according to a type of an object recognized in an image received in the preview mode among a plurality of pieces of advertisement data received from an advertisement server in the preview mode and displaying the advertisement data list including the detected one or more pieces of advertisement data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joo-Yi MOON, Sang-Heon JEONG, Cindy KIM
  • Patent number: 9015595
    Abstract: A system for serving localized advertisements receives data that defines an advertisement from an advertiser and determines a geographic location of the advertiser. The system also receives a request to serve an advertisement from a browser operated by a user and determines a geographic location associated with the user. The system communicates the advertisement to the browser if the geographic location associated with the user matches the geographic location of the advertiser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Nussel, Allie K. Watfa, Jonathan Kilroy
  • Publication number: 20150106211
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a computer-implemented graphical user interface for use in an advertising system. The computer-implemented graphical user interface for use in an advertising system comprises a template having a plurality of fields for receiving content relating to an advertisement, each field being prepopulated with a corresponding default value; wherein a first set of said fields is presented substantially in accordance with a layout of the advertisement. In one implementation, each of said default values is displayed in a default style and received values are displayed in a received style, said received style being different from said default style.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Anwar Khalil
  • Publication number: 20150088666
    Abstract: A system may aggregate inventory data from a plurality of databases and determine costs associated with the inventory data. For example, the system may receive product data from a plurality of sources. The product data may be for a same product contained in multiple databases. The system may determine whether the received product data corresponds to products in other inventories. A unique identifier may be assigned to each distinct product. For products available from multiple sources, the system may determine which source allows a largest margin to be captured. The determination may be performed in real time in response to a user query and/or may be saved. Based on the margin that can be captured, the system may determine an offer price for each product. The offer price may be presented to consumer users through user interfaces. Orders received from consumer users may be filled by the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Howard Lefkowitz
  • Patent number: 8983861
    Abstract: Various embodiments pertain to generating and causing display of a bridge page responsive to a user request for an advertiser's web page when the web page resolution is higher than the screen resolution of the user's device. The bridge page can be, for example, a lower resolution summary of content included on the web page. In various embodiments, the bridge page is generated and hosted by an ad platform server rather than the advertiser server. In at least some embodiments, the bridge page is stored in a database and can be served from the database responsive to subsequent requests for the advertiser's web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Xingtao Wei
  • Publication number: 20150073921
    Abstract: A method for creating derivative advertisements is provided. The method includes identifying a visual element based on an analysis of a primary advertisement asset such that the visual element is representative of a branding message provided within the primary advertisement. The method also includes identifying a call-to-action (CTA) data element based on the analysis and creating a derivative advertisement asset having the visual element and CTA data element. A system and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium containing software for executing the method are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Venugopal Vasudevan, Anthony J. Braskich, Renxiang Li, Jehan Wickramasuriya, Faisal Ishtiaq, Stephen P. Emeott, Benedito J. Fonseca, JR., Alfonso Martinez Smith
  • Publication number: 20150066664
    Abstract: A process is described for assessing the suitability of particular keyword phrases for use in serving contextually relevant content for display on pages of network-accessible sites. In one embodiment, the process involves scoring the key phrases based in part on collected user behavioral data, such as view counts of associated social media content items. A process is also disclosed in which selected keyword phrases on a page are transformed into links that can be selected by a user to view bundled content that is related to such keyword phrases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Sid Ja Hubbard, Robin D. Stevens
  • Patent number: 8972282
    Abstract: A method for websites to be transformed and repurposed into other forms of design, use, and functions for other purposes, to benefit the original websites, website purposes, and owners of websites. A user would first speak or type into a computer. The GUI is a website campaign manager located on/at a website URL. A user creates a campaign and submits their website URL. The system then information form the website or uses that entered by a user. A data processor module, running on a computer or equivalent machine, assembles the extracted information. The system provides a language selection option where the final product can be created using one or more languages and then published, publically or privately, printed, and submitted for creation. A website campaign or advertisement is created along with a complementary website search software application, which can later be edited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Adopt Anything, Inc.
    Inventors: David Valin, Alex Socolof
  • Patent number: 8972281
    Abstract: A system and process is provided for distributing branding and content messages to wireless mobile devices such as mobile handsets. The system has a mobile media portal process that enables a content owner and one or more sponsors to cooperate in negotiating, planning, and executing a branding or content campaign. For a campaign, a set of consumers has indicated a desire to receive particular content information on their mobile handset, and may have used a web interface or their phone to provide demographic information and content choices. A media center interface, either automatically or under human control, associates a particular marketing message from a sponsor with the content information, and distributes the marketing message and information to the user's handset. Since the marketing message has been selected and adapted to the demographics and preferences of the user, it is likely that the user will positively respond to receiving the marketing message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Wigglewireless, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J Pokonosky
  • Publication number: 20150058083
    Abstract: A personalized fashion service network system. The system includes a closet module that enables a user to build a virtual closet inventory in accordance to her/his real physical closet inventory, and a virtual fitting room for a user to design personalized fashion styles based on his/her closet inventory. The system also includes a styling platform that allows a user to seek opinions from a professional stylist or a friend about the closet inventory. A swapping engine is included in the system for a user to trade items in the inventory with another user. The system further involves a shopping component, that will able a user to shop with personal guidance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Isabel Herrera
  • Publication number: 20150051987
    Abstract: An online system selects advertisements for presentation in various advertisement slots to maximize the total value to the online system for advertisement presentation. Candidate advertisements for presentation to a user are identified and types of advertisements are associated with various advertisement slots. For example, types of advertisements are associated with advertisement slots based on values for presenting various types of advertisements in different advertisement slots and one or more ad placement rules. Candidate advertisements having an advertisement type associated with each advertisement slot are identified, and an expected value of various placements of the candidate advertisements having a type corresponding to advertisement slots is determined. Based on the expected values, a placement of candidate advertisements in advertisement slots is selected and presented to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaron Greif, Zhengyu Yin
  • Patent number: 8958779
    Abstract: A system for targeted delivery of advertising including the steps of: (a) receiving a navigation request from a mobile communication facility; (b) receiving an indicator input comprising (i) a geographical location in which the user is situated and (ii) queries or accesses to content associated with a plurality of other mobile communication facilities within the geographical location; (c) receiving a business rule; (d) receiving rendering capability data corresponding to a rendering capability of the mobile communication facility; (e) dynamically creating an advertisement based at least in part on the navigation request, the indicator input, the business rule, and the rendering capability data; and (f) transmitting the advertisement to the mobile communication facility for display thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Millennial Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorey Ramer, Adam Soroca, Dennis Doughty, Neal J. Karasic
  • Patent number: 8954345
    Abstract: A method for providing advertisements on mobile communication devices includes identifying at least one URL link to which it is desired to add an advertising functionality and adding the advertising functionality to the at least one URL link. Upon the addition of the advertising functionality to the at least one URL link, selection of the at least one URL link results in opening both a primary first web page directly associated with the at least one URL link clicked by the user and a secondary second web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Manwin Licensing International SARL
    Inventors: David Bazil Foster, Brandon Reti, Sebastien Pelletier, Jorge Ivan Manzanilla, Alain Lefebvre, Chant Boghosjikian
  • Publication number: 20150039449
    Abstract: A system for indicating the unavailability of an already uploaded video file is provided. The system includes an advertiser system providing a graphical user interface for uploading a video file to a database and an ad serving system communicatively coupled to the database that receives the uploaded video file. A creative asset processing system is communicatively coupled to the ad serving system and advertiser system and receives the uploaded video file to process the uploaded video file by performing bit rate encoding on the uploaded video file. The bit rate encoding generates a plurality of encoded video files of the uploaded video file having respective bitrates. The advertiser system displays a set of menu options on the graphical user interface for each of the encoded video files.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Priyanka Jain, Durgadatt R. Kamath, Kishore Nair
  • Patent number: 8937887
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to provide communication connections for partners based on communication references assigned to entities maintained by the partners. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving from a partner contact information of an entity; providing the partner with a real-time communication reference usable to at least initiate a request for a communication connection; and in response to receiving a request initiated via the real-time communication reference, providing a real-time communication connection between a requester and the entity using the contact information received from the partner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: YP Interactive LLC
    Inventors: Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber, Ron Hirson, Sean Vander Linden, Paul G. Manca
  • Publication number: 20150019316
    Abstract: A distributed generation of coupons system and method is described. One example develops a campaign having a set of rules at a campaign management system. in addition, a communication channel is established between the campaign management system and a coupon generating subsystem. The campaign having a set of rules is provided from the campaign management system to the coupon generating subsystem via the communication channel. The coupon generating subsystem is authorized to independently generate a coupon based on the set of rules of the campaign without requiring communication between the coupon generating subsystem and the campaign management system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Gavin Shenker, David Wentker, Mike Lindelsee, Gabriel Wachob
  • Patent number: 8935721
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for identifying, distributing, and/or utilizing data regarding audience qualities within an advertisement management system. In one embodiment, the methods and apparatus of the present invention provide a technique for classifying data collected about an audience, and creating and grouping qualifiers to those classifications. Methods and apparatus for managing an advertising inventory via a management system, and using the aforementioned audience data, are also disclosed. The inventory is defined in one variant by predicted secondary content insertion opportunities and a particular audience of the primary content associated with the insertion opportunity. Subscriber privacy and anonymity is also optionally maintained via e.g., hashing or encrypting data relating to the CPE and/or subscriber, thus ensuring that audience data is not traceable to a specific user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Justin Tidwell, Eduardo G. Samame, Bryan Santangelo
  • Publication number: 20150012368
    Abstract: An Internet-based method and system permits users to list their real estate properties on respective web site pages, edit their pages, and create new pages for additional listings. A feature of the invention provides for opening a domain name file for each new page and for E-mailing a request to register the new domain names. Such web site creation and editing may be made whenever the user wishes by simply accessing a home page, entering a corresponding service function such as editing an existing page or creating a new page. The user can then carry out the selected function from a personal computer over the Internet. The domain name may correspond to a parameter of the property such as its street address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Amanda CORNELIUS
  • Patent number: 8930990
    Abstract: A method for displaying interactive advertisements on a television having a controller connected thereto and configured for receiving input from a viewer of the television is disclosed. The controller has a receiver operable to receive advertisements and a processor operable to modify the advertisements. The method generally comprises requesting action by the viewer of the television, modifying an advertisement based on the action of the viewer, and displaying the modified advertisement on the television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Interval Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm Slaney, Bonnie M. Johnson, Annarosa Tomasi, Steven E. Saunders, J. Thomas Ngo, Gavin Miller, Michele M. Covell, Paul A. Freiberger
  • Publication number: 20140372231
    Abstract: Online selling mechanism creation is described, for example, whereby a retailer with business goals and constraints benefits from automatic generation and execution of software which controls generation of online offers so as to meet the business goals within the constraints. For example, as business goals and constraints change over time, bespoke selling mechanisms may be automatically updated. In various examples business goals are used to select selling mechanisms from a plurality of available online selling mechanisms; properties of the selling mechanisms may be taken into account. In examples, generic software implementing the selling mechanisms is used to instantiate a bespoke selling mechanism according to particular business goals and constraints. For example, a bespoke selling mechanism may be executed at a commerce server so as to control dynamic generation of offers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Kfir Karmon, Karen Master Ben-Dor, Yagil Engel, Adi Diamant, Moshe Tennenholtz, Haim Somech
  • Patent number: 8909651
    Abstract: Methods for optimizing social media are disclosed. Such methods may include identifying at least one keyword utilized for at least one webpage, identifying social media correspondence referencing the at least one keyword, analyzing content collected from the social media to determine a frequency of references to the at least one keyword and generating at least one report including information based on the analysis. The report may include recommendations for optimizing social media by, for example, increasing visibility by using high-performing keywords. Systems for performing the methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Brightedge Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lemuel S. Park, Jimmy Yu, Sammy Yu, Emeka Ajoku, Thomas J. Ziola
  • Publication number: 20140358665
    Abstract: Example online payment systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method generates a list of a plurality of candidate items that can be associated to a base item to form a plurality of bundles. The method also displays the list of candidate items to the user in a ranked order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Srikannan Gopalsamy, Pavel Kalinin, Minseok Park, Jeevan Ananth, John Ziqiang Wang, Murthy Srikanth Srinivasa
  • Publication number: 20140358695
    Abstract: A method for enabling engagement between a first application on a device and a set of contacts associated with a second application on the device, including: receiving, at the first application, an authentication token from the second application, wherein the authentication token is configured for providing an authentication pass to a server when delivered thereto by the first application, thereby allowing the first application access to a set of messaging functionalities available at the server; delivering the authentication token to the server; upon the authentication token having been verified by the server, connecting, using a communication platform, to the server, wherein the communication platform includes communication functionalities configured for enabling communication with other devices; and communicating with contacts of a set of contacts associated with the second application using, via the communication platform, at least one messaging functionality of the set of messaging functionalities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Setton
  • Patent number: 8904448
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to receive from a media communication system metadata describing one or more marketable items depicted in a media program supplied by the media communication system, present images of the media program at a media presentation device without highlighting the one or more marketable items, present an icon at least at one of a remote controller managing operations of the media processor or the media presentation device to indicate a presence of the one or more marketable items in one or more of the images presented at the media presentation device, detect a selection of the icon, and highlight the one or more marketable items. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Publication number: 20140351064
    Abstract: An approach is provided in which an image generation system retrieves a set of street view images that were each taken concurrently from a different direction angle at a single geographical location. The image generation system identifies one or more of the street view images depicting points of interest corresponding point of interest preferences. In turn, the image generation system generates a set of thumbnail images corresponding to the set of street view images and point of interest indicators that indicate which of the set of thumbnail images correspond to the street view images depicting the points of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Barry A. Kritt, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Publication number: 20140351065
    Abstract: An encoded genre device and system having a substrate with indicia for identifying a particular genre entity, such as a sports team, band or charitable cause, and a machine readable or scannable code for providing access to a host website offering a plurality of badges/passes for various genre entities and, or access to the genre entity's website, a host website accessible through a computer network, a set of processor readable code for operating, managing and processing data related to genre entities, a set of processor readable code for data related to fans/customers and a set of processor readable code operating, managing and processing data related to the host website. The genre promotion device and system creates and manages memberships for fans registered with a genre or genre entity and provides discounts to fans that support a particular genre of genre entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: David DELIA, Leon CAMPBELL, Max ORELIUS
  • Publication number: 20140351066
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method and system for automatic management of targeted marketing campaigns. The system may include user interface presentation components for allowing selection of marketing matrix data defining a target population and selection of suppressions for limiting the target population. The system may further include integration components implemented by a processor for integrating the marketing matrix with the suppressions and automatically generating record selection components for automatically selecting records from a database based on the marketing matrix data and suppressions and creating a selection table including the selected records. Additionally, the system may include a list generation engine for generating a campaign list based on the created selection table and transmission components for transmitting the generated campaign list to at least one list recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Heiberger
  • Publication number: 20140351063
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for assisting a user to manage, and create materials for, a marketing campaign or event. A graphical user interface (GUI) is provided for the user to create a new campaign or event as well as to manage existing campaigns or events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: John Brewer, Salma Khan
  • Publication number: 20140344076
    Abstract: A campaign strategy manager (CSM) component for a hosted communications campaign system allows users to define more granular and specific campaign strategies, including pass escalation for alternative channels (e.g., text and email) and/or based upon attempt results, contact attributes and response group data. The campaign strategy manager allows users to define pass strategies statically and dynamically, to manage lists across multiple campaigns, and to view results in real-time. A defined strategy is a static strategy created by a user for a particular campaign that, once created, typically is not modified. A dynamic strategy is one where, during the course of a day (e.g., as a sub-campaign is running), a user may alter the defined strategy, preferably just for that day (or portion thereof). In particular, the campaign strategy manager enables the user to make changes to the current strategy as a sub-campaign is running through a particular list.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy R. Segall, Maciej N. Kolesnik
  • Publication number: 20140344075
    Abstract: A mall marketing and advertising system and method overcomes the drawback of the state of the art sales promotion and advertising methods by providing a provision of selecting and wearing apparels from different store of a mall. The mall models are one of the good standing members of the local community. The image is captured and displayed on website, mall screen and landing page of the local website with mall banner across the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Bhaskaran
  • Publication number: 20140337144
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system to facilitate the marketing and sales processes of customer's high value items over a network using machine automation and without the need for a human broker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Fraser Seymour