Restaurant Or Bar Patents (Class 705/15)
  • Patent number: 10354106
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a programmable tag that is encoded with information associated with ingestible substances, a system for producing such a tag, and a reader for capturing and decoding the tag. Predetermined profiles and predetermined coding schemes are used to encode such information to form the tag and to decode and extract such information in accordance with the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TUTSHO, LLC
    Inventors: Michele K. Herman, William J. Herman
  • Patent number: 10319008
    Abstract: Systems and methods for in-store purchases are provided. An exemplary method may include receiving by a customer device associated with a customer, customer data including customer preference data. The method may include storing the received customer data and identifying a merchant at a location of the customer. The method may also include determining a customer order for the identified merchant based on the customer preference data. Further, the method may include transmitting a notification to a merchant device associated with the identified merchant, the notification including the determined customer order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Koeppel, Robert Perry
  • Patent number: 10319053
    Abstract: In some examples, a service may rank a plurality of items in an item category based at least in part on sales information indicating quantities of various items sold within a geographic region. From the ranking, the service may select an item ranked higher than a threshold ranking to offer for delivery to buyers. The service may send, to a courier device, a communication indicating a quantity of the item to be picked up from a merchant that provides the item. Further, the service may send item information about the item to a plurality of buyer devices for presentation of the item information to buyers. In some cases, to avoid spoilage, if fewer than a threshold number of items are sold over a first period of time, the service may send, to the plurality of buyer devices, an indication that a price of the item is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Avlok Kohli
  • Patent number: 10318914
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an order management service. Orders may be correlated with an existing order to create a group order. The group order may include items picked up or delivered to the same or geographically proximate locations. Incentives may be used to incite participation in a group order, thereby saving on overall delivery costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Siddharth Arora, Ruslan Anatolyevich Polyanskiy, Ashraf Alkarmi, Neha Gureja, Gustavo Euduardo Lopez, Pawan Lata Uppuluri
  • Patent number: 10304147
    Abstract: The present invention includes methods and apparatus for the automated provision of goods through the use of scanning systems. More specifically, the present invention provides a method for automatically conveying which goods are being ordered, where the goods will be picked up, an associated method of payment, kitchen fulfillment, item tracking, and automatic delivery by a dispenser apparatus. In preferred embodiments, the present invention is applied to the automated ordering and pick-up of food items at a fast food restaurant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Kevin Kelly, Joseph Craig Kelly
  • Patent number: 10304020
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for deploying employees to roles in a restaurant. For example, some embodiments are directed to basing employee deployment decisions at least in part on a combination of quantitative data and qualitative assessments of performance by various employees in various roles. Qualitative assessments may, for example, relate to an employee's success in promoting customer satisfaction, or to the accuracy of quantitative data relating to a task or function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Panera, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Jarvis Chapman, III, Michael R. Nettles
  • Patent number: 10264916
    Abstract: A master controller programmed to execute a recipe, stored in computer memory, for a finished food product, prepared from a plurality of raw ingredients; a raw ingredients storage unit controller controlled by the master controller and programmed to control a mechanism for getting the plurality of raw ingredients for the recipe; a cleaning controller controlled by the master controller and programmed by computer software to control one or more cleaning devices configured to clean one or more of the plurality of raw ingredients; a manipulator controller programmed to control one or more devices which physically manipulate one or more of the plurality of raw ingredients by one or more of grinding, mincing, peeling, cutting, and rolling one or more of the plurality of raw ingredients; and a heater controller programmed to control one or more heating devices to heat one or more of the plurality of raw ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Vinay Shivaiah
  • Patent number: 10242377
    Abstract: A gratuity analyzing computing device and method are provided. The computing device may include a receiver to receive transaction data of a plurality of merchants, wherein the transaction data includes authorization transactions and clearing transactions, a calculator to match a plurality of authorization transactions with a plurality of clearing transactions, respectively, and calculate gratuity amounts for the plurality of matched transactions, an analyzer to select at least two merchants, generate tip data for each selected merchant, the tip data for a respective merchant being generated based on gratuity amounts of matched transactions that correspond to the respective merchant, and rank the at least two merchants based on a comparison of the generated tip data of the at least two merchants with respect to each other, and a transmitter configured to output the rank and the tip data of the at least two merchants to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Todd Woodruff, David J. Senci
  • Patent number: 10210444
    Abstract: A cooking assistance method includes: receiving, from a first food, first food information indicating the first food; receiving appliance identification information for identifying the cooking apparatus for cooking the first food; obtaining first setting details regarding cooking to be performed by the cooking apparatus, based on the received first food information and the received appliance identification information, the first setting details being associated with the first food and the cooking apparatus; and transmitting first setting information indicating the obtained first setting details to the cooking apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Rinako Kamei, Yasuhiro Yuki, Hiroyuki Kubotani, Kazuki Funase
  • Patent number: 10176505
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods and systems include acquiring user information associated with one or more users for use in generating one or more customized food items that are customized specifically for the one or more users, the user information to be acquired including at least one or more user preferences related to integrity of one or more food ingredients to be included in the one or more customized food items; and directing generation of the one or more customized food items for the one or more users, the one or more customized food items having been customized to show one or more visual indicators that provide customized information that has been customized in accordance, at least in part, with the acquired user information. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Pablos Holman, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Robert C. Petroski, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Max R. Levchin, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud
  • Patent number: 10168860
    Abstract: Techniques and arrangements for dynamically modifying a user interface on a computing device of a point-of-sale (POS) system based on contextual data. The contextual data can include one or more contextual factors surrounding the use of the computing device. The user interface can include one or more icons corresponding to selectable items based on the contextual data. A modification to the user interface can include an adjustment to a visual appearance of an icon and/or a replacement of an icon with another icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Bell, James Lintern, Matthew T. Kursmark, Ghassan Abu-Ghaida, Logan Johnson, Brian Partridge
  • Patent number: 10163067
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for deploying employees to roles in a restaurant. For example, some embodiments are directed to basing employee deployment decisions at least in part on a combination of quantitative data and qualitative assessments of performance by various employees in various roles. Qualitative assessments may, for example, relate to an employee's success in promoting customer satisfaction, or to the accuracy of quantitative data relating to a task or function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Panera, LLC
    Inventors: Blaine E. Hurst, Michael R. Nettles, Bryan Wesley Griffith
  • Patent number: 10127519
    Abstract: Provided is a process of coordinating dynamic on-demand logistics to deliver goods or services between geographically distributed heterogeneous sources of inventory and geographically distributed consumers at scales exceeding metropolitan areas of more than one million residents, with more than 10,000 users, more than 1,000 vehicle operators, and more than 10 geographically distributed sources of inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Prahfit, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Walton
  • Patent number: 10115140
    Abstract: A customer management device for managing states of customers visiting a commercial establishment that provides articles or services to the customers in response to orders from the customers, includes: a first image obtainer that obtains customer images of customers captured at some point from when the customers enter the commercial establishment till when the customers go through reception procedures; a second image obtainer that obtains customer images of customers captured at least either when the customers receive the articles or services or when the customers make payment; a customer information manager that, based on the customer images obtained by the first image obtainer and the second image obtainer, generates and manages customer information relating to customers in a state of waiting for provision of the articles or services; and a customer information provider that provides a user with the customer information managed by the customer information manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsurou Kakizawa, Kazuhiko Iwai
  • Patent number: 10096057
    Abstract: Systems and methods for take-out order management and analysis. In an embodiment, for each of a plurality of restaurants, an interactive menu associated with the restaurant is provided to a plurality of users, a plurality of orders are received from the plurality of users, and the plurality of orders are sent to the restaurant. Order information related to the plurality of orders and the plurality of users is stored in at least one database, and analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Restaurant Revolution Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett Harman
  • Patent number: 10089701
    Abstract: Systems and methods for take-out order sharing. In an embodiment, a restaurant is identified, and an interactive menu associated with the restaurant is provided to a user through a user interface. An order may be received from the user through the user interface. Information related to the user can be shared with one or more contacts of the user on one or more social networking sites through at least one application interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Restaurant Revolution Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Brett Harman
  • Patent number: 10089669
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide techniques which aid in correctly capturing what a restaurant customer intends to order, and may enhance the customer's satisfaction with the ordering and dining process overall. For example, an interface may be provided through which a customer may specify an order, and the interface may clearly convey such information as each ordered item's ingredients and nutritional content. The interface may enable the customer to customize ordered items, and may clearly convey any changes that the customer has made, allowing the customer to make informed choices about the items included in an order. The interface may embody a design which enables the customer to quickly and easily customize items, and/or to re-order previously customized items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Panera, LLC
    Inventors: Blaine E. Hurst, Ronald Shaich, Daniel Cohen
  • Patent number: 10083455
    Abstract: Systems and methods for take-out order management and analysis. In an embodiment, for each of a plurality of restaurants, an interactive menu associated with the restaurant is provided to a plurality of users, a plurality of orders are received from the plurality of users, and the plurality of orders are sent to the restaurant. Order information related to the plurality of orders and the plurality of users is stored in at least one database, and analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: RESTAURANT REVOLUTION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Brett Harman
  • Patent number: 10078861
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for providing a centralized customer order processing system. A customer order entry may be received by a central server. The customer order entry may be routed to a local store server at an identified store location. Upon arrival at the identified store location, a mobile device of the customer may detect a proximity signal located at the identified store location, and a mobile application may be invoked on the mobile device. An order activation signal may be transmitted to a server, the order activation signal indicating customer arrival at the identified store location. The customer order entry may be activated at the local store server. The customer may arrive at the identified store location and pick up their order. Methods and apparatus are also disclosed for implementing the centralized customer order processing system on a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: DD IP Holder LLC
    Inventors: John L. Clare, Santhosh Kumar Gopinath, Praneeth Reddy Veerepalli
  • Patent number: 10053280
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods and systems include acquiring user information associated with one or more users for preparing one or more customized food items for the one or more users, the user information including one or more user preferences related to integrity of one or more food ingredients to be included in the one or more customized food items; and directing generation of one or more customized packagings for holding the one or more customized food items of the one or more users, the one or more customized packagings having one or more features that are customized based, at least in part, on the acquired user information. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Pablos Holman, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Max R. Levchin, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Robert C. Petroski, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10048746
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to an interactive entertainment kiosk that is immersive, intuitive to use, and provides significant and varied functionality to users. In particular, the kiosk can provide a photo booth mode, a karaoke mode, a virtual reality mode, and/or a game mode, among other possibilities. Further, switching between modes can be intuitive through the use of touch screens and other input devices. For example, a user can provide input to select a particular electronic device for display, and the display can automatically be set to the proper mode. Further, a display may be mounted on the kiosk via a rotatable display mount, and the display may be automatically rotated to a proper orientation for the selected mode. In some embodiments, the kiosk can provide an immersive experience through the use of light sources that automatically adjust in accordance with audio of the kiosk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Eduardo A. Gonzalez Solis
  • Patent number: 10035643
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods and systems include acquiring user information associated with one or more users for preparing one or more customized food items for the one or more users, the user information including one or more user preferences related to integrity of one or more food ingredients to be included in the one or more customized food items; and directing generation of one or more customized packagings for holding the one or more customized food items of the one or more users, the one or more customized packagings having one or more features that are customized based, at least in part, on the acquired user information. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Pablos Holman, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Max R. Levchin, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Robert C. Petroski, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10032201
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide techniques which aid in correctly capturing what a restaurant customer intends to order, and may enhance the customer's satisfaction with the ordering and dining process overall. For example, an interface may be provided through which a customer may specify an order, and the interface may clearly convey such information as each ordered item's ingredients and nutritional content. The interface may enable the customer to customize ordered items, and may clearly convey any changes that the customer has made, allowing the customer to make informed choices about the items included in an order. The interface may embody a design which enables the customer to quickly and easily customize items, and/or to re-order previously customized items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Panera, LLC
    Inventors: Blaine E. Hurst, Ronald Shaich
  • Patent number: 10026055
    Abstract: A method and system for tracking of a delivery of a menu item. The method includes receiving an order for the menu item from a customer interface, the order identifying a selected menu item and an address for the delivery; sending a request for preparation of the menu item; identifying an available delivery vehicle among a plurality of delivery vehicles; receiving a preparation completion notification indicating that preparation of the menu item has ended; dispatching the order for delivery, including an identification of the available delivery vehicle and the address; receiving a displacement notification indicating that the menu item is being displaced by the available delivery vehicle; retrieving geopositional data representing a geographical position of the available delivery vehicle; sending a displacement notification to the customer interface including an indication of the geographical position of the available delivery vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: 8242186 Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Mathieu Riel-Dalpe, Randall Rolph, Annie Deguire, Raymond Boisvert, Michael Depault
  • Patent number: 10019686
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention are directed to systems and/or methods for analyzing the operations of a restaurant of other enterprise(s). Audio and/or video recordings of occurrences in the restaurant may be analyzed to generate a qualitative assessment of an employee's performance in a role in the restaurant during a particular time period. Quantitative data, such as may be generated by operational systems in the restaurant, may also provide an indicator of the employee's performance in the role during the same time period. An overall assessment of the employee's performance in the role during the time period may be based at least in part on the qualitative assessment and the quantitative data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Panera, LLC
    Inventors: Blaine E. Hurst, Michael R. Nettles, Bryan Wesley Griffith
  • Patent number: 10007947
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for managing orders. The methods include actions of receiving an order for an item to be fulfilled by the fulfillment center for a fulfillment time, obtaining a portion of stored historical preparation information that is relevant to fulfillment of the item by the fulfillment time, obtaining current order information that describes other orders to be fulfilled at the fulfillment center, determining to provide an alternate suggestion, identifying at least one of an alternate item, an alternate fulfillment center, or an alternate time to include in the alternate suggestion, generating the alternate suggestion based on the identification of at least one of the alternate item, the alternate fulfillment center, or the alternate time to include in the alternate suggestion, and providing the alternate suggestion to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Leona Seaward, John Thirlaway
  • Patent number: 10002486
    Abstract: The present application describes a vending machine, communicatively coupled with a server. The vending machine comprises a Vending Machine Controller (VMC), a Data Exchange (DEX), a Vivid Transaction System (VTS), a payment device and a microcontroller. The microcontroller selects one of the DEX and the VTS, by changing a jumper setting on a GPIO. The microcontroller communicates with the VMC, the DEX and/or the VTS and the payment device in order to facilitate transaction associated with the vending machine. The microcontroller extracts at least one of inventory data and transaction data from the DEX or VTS associated with the vending machine and transmit at least one of the inventory data and the transaction data to the server for further processing and analysis. The microcontroller receives recommendation information pertaining to at least one of inventory and transaction associated to the vending machine from the server based upon the processing and analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: CLEVER MOTION TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Kam Yuen Kan
  • Patent number: 10002397
    Abstract: A payment system can accept an electronic reservation for a merchant restaurant in response to a reservation request received from a user. The payment system can detect that the user is present at a location associated with the merchant restaurant based at least in part on an indication received from a mobile device associated with the user. The payment system can determine a completion of a service associated with the electronic reservation. The payment system can provide an electronic bill for the service to be displayed on the mobile device of the user. Based on receiving an authorization of the electronic bill from the mobile device of the user, the payment system can charge, through a card-less payment transaction, the user for at least an amount disclosed in the electronic bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventor: Cody Rose
  • Patent number: 9996828
    Abstract: An approach is provided for indirectly connecting a customer's mobile smart device to computers located at a business when the customer is making a purchase at the business. The customer's mobile smart device and the business's computers communicate over the Internet with a customer interaction manager executing on an Internet server. This provides an easy to use interface for the customer and allows the customer to receive information and send requests to the business without having to wait for personnel working at the business to be available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Taylor Drake Morgan, Azhar Bande-ali, Brett S. Taylor, Michael Cain Finley, Charles Howard Mallory, Curtis Patrick Quinn Evans, James Lee Fortuna, Brian Jerel Ollison, Kevin Andrew Patterson, Sherry Shirah Spreter, David Allen Turner
  • Patent number: 9996816
    Abstract: A method of selecting, displaying, and purchasing favorite drinks of a user within a location-based virtual social networking context is disclosed. A mobile computing device of a first user is used to perform a digital check-in to a venue that is within a physical proximity of the first user. After the digital check-in, a digital menu that contains a list of drinks available at the venue is accessed. The digital menu is displayed to the first user via a screen of the mobile computing device. In response to selection from the first user, one or more drinks from the digital menu are designated as preferred drinks of the first user. The first user's preference of the one or more drinks is electronically communicated to another electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Kairos Social Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Tailim Song, Dae Yong No, Jin Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 9990626
    Abstract: Techniques and arrangements for personalizing gift cards based, in part, on exchanging personalized messages between a customer that buys a gift card and a customer that receives and uses the gift card. A point-of-sale (POS) device of a merchant may receive a personalized message from the customer buying the gift card at the time of the purchase. The POS device may then present the personalized message to the customer receiving the gift card when the customer uses the gift card to satisfy a cost of a transaction between the merchant and the customer. During or after the transaction, the POS device may further receive feedback from the recipient customer of the gift card. The POS device may then send the feedback to the customer that originally bought the gift card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: John Joseph LaBanca, Jr., Matthew T. Kursmark, Christopher Lang Mocko
  • Patent number: 9972004
    Abstract: In some examples, by communicating with a mobile payment service, a user of a mobile device may settle his or her bill with a business using the mobile device. The business may be configured with a beacon to determine when the user's mobile device is near the business and a point-of-sale device to manage user orders and communicate with the mobile payment service. In response to a request by the mobile device, the mobile payment service may debit a user account associated with the mobile device for items purchased at the business. In turn, the mobile payment service may pay the business for the items purchased at the business. In some examples, the bill may be divided among a plurality of users corresponding to a plurality of mobile devices. And, portions of the bill may be provided to individual mobile devices of the plurality of mobile devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkat Sasank Donavalli, Vasanth Narendranath Petlu, Harshawardhan Chiplonkar, Jonathan Uy Hatol, Gregory Louis Chappell, Robert Serr
  • Patent number: 9971737
    Abstract: A first food ingredient may be received. The first food ingredient may comprise a first plurality of chemical constituents. A plurality of candidate food ingredient substitutes may be received. Each candidate food ingredient substitute may comprise a second plurality of chemical constituents. For each of the plurality of candidate food ingredient substitutes, a quantity of the second plurality of chemical constituents that match the first plurality of chemical constituents may be determined. One or more food ingredient substitutes may be identified based on at least the quantity of the second plurality of chemical constituents that match the first plurality of chemical constituents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Florian Pinel, Edward E. Seabolt
  • Patent number: 9965734
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for analyzing the deployment of employees in a restaurant. For example, some embodiments are directed to determining whether an employee who has vacated his/her assigned station has acted appropriately in doing so, and if not, causing the employee to be redirected to his/her assigned station. Determining whether an employee acted appropriately in leaving his/her assigned station may involve analyzing video recordings of the restaurant at or around the time the employee left his/her station, operational data describing events occurring in the restaurant at or around the time the employee left his/her station, and/or other information, which may supply valuable context in determining whether or not the employee acted properly. If the employee acted improperly, he/she may be redirected to his/her assigned station, using automated, semi-automated and/or manual techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Panera, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Jarvis Chapman, III, Michael R. Nettles
  • Patent number: 9940632
    Abstract: In response to a track playing on a broadcast radio station, the corresponding artist name is used as a key to access a database of artist messages, news and events information associated with that artist, that may be automatically distributed and geo-targeted while the track is playing. Distribution of the supplemental artist-related content extends to the radio broadcast—via RDS and HD, to the Internet, social media and various mobile devices. The supplement content may comprise messages pre-programmed by the artist, agents, or music labels. The supplemental content may be geo-targeted to include local tour dates, media appearances, related news, album releases and other data tied to the artist's song that is playing on the radio or on a streaming application. Further, the system may feed messages directly from the artist's existing social platforms, to provide further engagement of listeners while the track is playing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph Harb
  • Patent number: 9898788
    Abstract: A meal ordering service is configured to receive takeout and delivery orders from customers and to place the orders with selected restaurants. Past information regarding a customer is collected and analyzed to create a predictive model of the customer's meal ordering habits. On any given day, the predictive model may be used, in light of the current and scheduled status of the customer, to predict a time of day that the customer may want to receive a meal and to also determine a restaurant from which the customer may want to receive the meal. The meal ordering service may be configured to automatically order a meal for the customer from the determined restaurant so that the meal arrives at or before the predicted time of day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Canku Alp Calargun, Gustavo Eduardo Lopez
  • Patent number: 9875246
    Abstract: Method of generating presentation starts by receiving user input indicating activation of presentation generator and generating and transmitting content selection display to the electronic device that includes search button, first table including list of selected cocktails, and second table including spirit type and number count. When the user input indicates selection of search button, processor generates and transmits cocktail lookup page display that includes pop-up window that includes drop-down lists or search fields including cocktail criterions and third table that includes entries matching selected cocktail criterion selected. When user input indicates activation of selection box included in the third table and subsequent user input indicates no other entries are desired, processor generates and transmits content selection display that includes updated first table that comprises the entry associated with the activated selection box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Liquid Presentation LLC
    Inventors: Richard Sunada, Daylan Sunada
  • Patent number: 9842342
    Abstract: Systems and methods for take-out order management and analysis. In an embodiment, for each of a plurality of restaurants, an interactive menu associated with the restaurant is provided to a plurality of users, a plurality of orders are received from the plurality of users, and the plurality of orders are sent to the restaurant. Order information related to the plurality of orders and the plurality of users is stored in at least one database, and analyzed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: RESTAURANT REVOLUTION TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Brett Harman
  • Patent number: 9830637
    Abstract: A method and system for processing a transaction request prior to a vehicle arriving at a service station is provided. Upon entering a wireless service area of a back office system associated with a service station, a driver and/or truck may request certain transactions. The back office system may communicate with a carrier information system associated with the driver and/or truck to validate and authorize the transaction. If the transaction is authorized, the back office system may send authorization to the service station. Once the driver and/or truck arrives at the point of sale, they may proceed directly to performing the requested transaction. A receipt may be automatically generated at the point of sale and transmitted to the carrier information system through the back office.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Epona LLC
    Inventors: Ernest Blas Betancourt, Deborah Anne Betancourt, Kokesh P. Kadakia
  • Patent number: 9830046
    Abstract: An interactive ordering apparatus includes a processor and a memory. The memory is configured to store instructions and data. The processor is configured to execute the instructions to (i) produce a display in a viewable area of a touchscreen and to (ii) receive input from a user via the touchscreen. According to the instructions, the processor is configured to divide at least a portion of the display into a plurality of mutually exclusive sections, and display a first plurality of choices in a first section of the plurality of sections. The processor is also configured to, in response to selection by the user of a first choice of the first plurality of choices, (i) move the first plurality of choices to a second section of the plurality of sections and (ii) display a second plurality of choices in the first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Nextep Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Woycik, Kevin Varga, Joseph Maslanka
  • Patent number: 9830625
    Abstract: Method for location and time specific commerce includes receiving an event request from a user using a mobile device; verifying an account of the user; obtaining a location of the user; obtaining a date and time of the request; retrieving merchandising information from one or more databases, according to the location of the user and said date and time of the request; and transmitting said merchandising information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Emma Proietti, Mario Proietti, John Thomas Moring
  • Patent number: 9824382
    Abstract: Computationally implemented methods and systems include acquiring user information associated with one or more users for use in generating one or more customized food items that are customized specifically for the one or more users, the user information to be acquired including at least one or more user preferences related to integrity of one or more food ingredients to be included in the one or more customized food items; and directing generation of the one or more customized food items for the one or more users, the one or more customized food items having been customized to show one or more visual indicators that provide customized information that has been customized in accordance, at least in part, with the acquired user information. In addition to the foregoing, other aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha, LLC
    Inventors: Pablos Holman, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Max R. Levchin, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Robert C. Petroski, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 9812022
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and apparatus for providing a healthier food purchase suggestion to a shopper are disclosed. For example, the method receives a selection of a food item that the shopper has selected to purchase, determines one or more healthier food items that have a higher score than a score of the food item that the shopper has selected, selects one of the one or more healthier food items based upon a profile of the shopper, provides the one of the one or more healthier food items that is selected as the healthier food purchase suggestion to the shopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Elizabeth Dubiel Wayman, Karen M. Braun
  • Patent number: 9792360
    Abstract: A system and method enable the selection of musical recordings for pairing with a food serving, possibly an appetizer, a main course, a dessert or a beverage, for the purpose of increasing the enjoyment of a given meal. A plurality of factors for specific meal components such as entree, including protein type, method of cooking, amount of spice, side dish component and type of sauce are used to determine a specific numerical value for a meal; appetizer including protein type, bread and dough content, method of cooking and spice level; dessert, including content of cacao, sweetener and content of sweetener, ambient temperature at service and dairy content; and beverage, including but not limited to alcohol content, acidity, body, dryness, lingering quality, and IBU. A specific numerical value for a musical recording is also determined based on a plurality of factors, including genre, tempo, dynamics, and primary instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: Barbara Werner
  • Patent number: 9779141
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system and method for searching or processing queries for searching for documents contained in a domain specific knowledge base. The system takes a query and generates from the query a modified version of the query by passing the query through one or more filters in a query processor. The query processor adds or removes terms from the query. The query processor can add or recognize that two words that appear to be separate words actually identify a specific software entity or can determine that a number appearing in a query is not just a number but refers to a specific version or a number relevant to the specific problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Navendu Jain, Luhui Hu, Liyuan Zhang, Rahul Potharaju, Vitaly Voloshin, Mingshi Wang, Joseph K. W. Chan
  • Patent number: 9779446
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, in part, techniques for collecting item preferences of users at a centralized location and propagating these item preferences to users and merchants in an intelligent manner. In some instances, the centralized location is a payment service that functions to both authorize payment instruments of users for costs of transactions conducted at the merchant, and collect and propagate the item preferences to the merchants and the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Hipschman, James F. Butts, III
  • Patent number: 9773286
    Abstract: A system for providing location-based services to a mobile device regularly determines the location of the mobile device. Using the location of the device, the system queries a database of virtual geographic regions to determine if the location of the mobile device falls within one or more of the virtual geographic regions. The virtual geographic regions correspond to service entities that have purchased, rented, leased, or otherwise acquired the virtual geographic regions. The virtual geographic regions cover a certain area of a map. If the mobile device is within a virtual geographic region, the system notifies the mobile device. A location-based services application installed on the mobile device launches an applet for the entity that acquired the virtual geographic region within which the mobile device is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventor: Kelly L. Dempski
  • Patent number: 9767420
    Abstract: A computer-implemented process can be operated for entering and holding a place for a first customer in a queue while the first customer is waiting to be served at a retail store. The process includes, within a computerized processor, establishing a place in the queue for the first customer, wherein the queue operates to establish among a plurality of customers a customer currently being served by a store employee and an order in which other customers of the plurality will be served. The process further includes displaying upon a portable computerized device of the first customer an indication of a status of the first customer within the queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: WAL-MART STORES, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 9760958
    Abstract: Techniques for restaurant transaction processing are provided. A handheld device of a waiter is used to automatically associate a check with a table at a restaurant and to recall and modify that check. In an embodiment, two waiters use one or more handheld devices to automatically transfer a customer's check to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: NCR CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Asa Cloin, James Lee Fortuna
  • Patent number: RE47144
    Abstract: Patrons at a restaurant or bar can pay at their table using credit cards, without involving the restaurant or bar cashier and/or wait staff. Patrons are assisted using this system in dividing the bill by displaying the amount due (including tax) and allowing each patron to enter the amount they wish to pay. When the initial bill is presented, a balance due will be displayed and the indication will be provided that the bill has yet to be paid in full. As each transaction is entered, a running total will be displayed indicating the remaining balance due. When the running total reaches zero, the bill is paid in full, and an indication will be provided, such as by illuminating a green indicator light or by displaying a balance due of $0.00.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Rodney Charles Dunsmore, Steven Lee Harrington, Mark Christan Speich