Restaurant Or Bar Patents (Class 705/15)
  • Patent number: 11328372
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for communication of orders and payments in a drive through using wireless beacons. A merchant location may include a drive through with a wireless beacon established in the drive through. The beacon may provide communication services with a device for the user. The merchant may detect that the user is in a vehicle in the drive through using either the connection between the device of the user and the beacon or a camera, sensor, or other detector located near the beacon in the drive through. Based on check-in information generated on the connection, an order for the user may be accessed. The user may pay for the order using the device and through the connection to the beacon. Further, if other devices for additional users in the vehicle connect to the beacon, the additional users may split the payment for the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Dwain Glenn Theobald
  • Patent number: 11328277
    Abstract: A merchant uses a merchant point of sale (POS) device to identify items or services for purchase by a customer, and costs for each. One or more payment amounts are sent from the merchant POS device to a checkout server using an application programming interface (API), which the checkout server sends on to an authorized payment terminal device that then reads payment information from a payment object and sends the payment information back to the checkout server. The checkout server processes the transaction and confirms transaction completion to the merchant POS device and payment terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Block, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Gonzales, Christian De Angelis, Marc Perry, Eric Zundel Ayers, Vibhor Chhabra, Adam Edwards, Christopher Heisel, Morgan Engel, Stephen Brewer, Ryder Moody
  • Patent number: 11315174
    Abstract: A restocking hub with interchangeable buttons mapped to item identifiers is described herein. In some instances, a local hub may receive an actuation signal from a particular interchangeable button communicatively coupled with the local hub. The actuation signal may include a button ID that identifies the particular interchangeable button and may indicating an actuation of the particular interchangeable button. The local hub may generate an order signal identifying the button ID based on the actuation signal, and may transmit the order signal instructing a remote server to perform a defined operation using the button ID. In some instances, the local hub may output a confirmation notification based on data received from the remote server based on the defined operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Staples, Inc.
    Inventors: M. Steven Walker, Ranjeet Sonone, Faisal Masud
  • Patent number: 11308536
    Abstract: In some examples, a computer may receive, from a buyer application on a buyer device, an indication that the buyer has accessed information related to a first merchant of a plurality of merchants. The computer may send a communication to a merchant application on merchant computing device of the first merchant to determine a current backlog of orders for the first merchant. Based at least partially on receiving an indication that the current backlog exceeds a threshold, the computer may send, to the buyer application, item information that causes the buyer application to present, in a user interface, information indicating availability of a meal kit for a menu item offered by the first merchant. The computer may receive a selection via the user interface indicating an order for the meal kit and may send a communication to the merchant application to indicate the order for the meal kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: DOORDASH, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Martin Adler, Amandeep Manik, Avlok Kohli, Pui Wai Kwong
  • Patent number: 11301822
    Abstract: An applications programming interface (API) or other interface may be configured for use with a plurality of e-commerce applications and/or a plurality of payment systems. The API may be associated with an operating system of a client or may be otherwise located in an e-commerce system or network. The API may receive a call regarding a purchase transaction. The purchase transaction may be examined to determine if a payment method is synchronous or asynchronous. An appropriate payment system may be activated to perform the purchase transaction based at least in part on the determination made by the examination of the purchase transaction. A result of the purchase transaction may be sent to the e-commerce program. By revision of the API, developers of e-commerce applications are freed from the burden of revising code in response to the need to utilize additional or differently operated payment systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sarah Waskom, Cherie Kwan, Dale Lemieux, George Li, Aravind Aluri, Huiyong Xiao, Arik Cohen, Joel Botner
  • Patent number: 11301193
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and a printer apparatus using network-based communication over wireless networks, and provides for electronic response from the printer relating to order confirmation and fulfillment at the recipient printer, in communication to an order management coordinator or server. The printer provides an order output including at least one symbol representing an order, including order information. The printer is operable to broadcast a wireless communication signal for proximity marketing and order delivery coordination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: CHIT YES, LLC
    Inventor: Wesley S. Garrison
  • Patent number: 11300417
    Abstract: An information processing device obtains information concerning a plurality of items of food and drink served to a passenger of a mobile body while the mobile body is moving from a start point to an end point of movement, generates information indicating timing of serving of each of the items of food and drink to the passenger, based on information indicating a period of time provided for allowing the passenger to see a viewing object from the mobile body while the mobile body is moving from the start point to the end point, and outputs the information indicating the timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Ishiwata, Takayuki Yano, Shin Sakurada, Megumi Amano
  • Patent number: 11294950
    Abstract: A cooking engagement system and methods for providing recipe content to a user are provided. The system includes a cooking appliance and an interactive assembly positioned above the cooking appliance. The interactive assembly includes a display device that presents various content to a user, e.g., recipe content. In one example aspect, a user submits a recipe request. The recipe request is routed to one or more third party recipe content providers. A controller of the interactive assembly obtains recipe content from the recipe content providers and causes a display device of the interactive assembly to present the recipe content to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Elizabeth Pryor Hite, Chen Lu, Christopher George Bissig
  • Patent number: 11288726
    Abstract: The disclosed technologies can compute predictive reorder scores and measures of the quality of food products and food providers using objectively verifiable data, including reorder data, and use these predictive quality measures to create new functionality in an information search and retrieval system and/or a product ordering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: GRUBHUB HOLDINGS INC.
    Inventors: Geopher Stephy Justin, Patrick Gomes, Arthi Murugesan, Maria Belousova, Robert Trevelyan Waite
  • Patent number: 11288457
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for determining a move driven by an interaction. In some embodiments, a processor determines an operational state of an interaction with a user based on parameter values of a data structure. The processor identifies a plurality of candidate moves for changing the operational state by determining a domain in which the interaction is occurring, retrieving a set of candidate moves that correspond to the domain from a knowledge graph, and adding the set to the plurality of candidate moves. The processor encodes input of the user received during the interaction into encoded terms, and determines a move for changing the operational state based on a match of the encoded terms to the set of candidate moves. The processor updates the parameter values of the data structure based on the move to reflect a current operational state led to by the move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Interactions LLC
    Inventors: Svetlana Stoyanchev, Michael Johnston
  • Patent number: 11279204
    Abstract: The vehicle includes an air conditioner, a temperature sensor configured to measure an indoor temperature of the vehicle, a camera configured to obtain an image data of a passenger, and a bio-signal sensor configured to measure a bio-signal of the passenger. A controller is configured to control, when a predetermined condition is satisfied, the air conditioner to change a type of wind blowing at predetermined time intervals, to obtain emotion information corresponding to the changed type of wind based on at least one of the image data or the bio-signal, and to blow a type of wind for which a degree of positiveness of emotion information is equal to or greater than a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seok-Young Youn, Jimin Han, Jia Lee, Kye Yoon Kim, Seunghyun Woo
  • Patent number: 11276128
    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: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: James Asa Cloin, James Lee Fortuna
  • Patent number: 11276028
    Abstract: Provided are systems and processes for optimizing assignments of deliveries for perishable goods. In one aspect, a method is provided for pairing a set of created orders with a set of available couriers. The set of created orders may include orders confirmed by the merchant and the set of available couriers include couriers that are online with an active status. Feasible pairings are generated between each courier and each created order. Infeasible pairings are eliminated based on factors such as transportation mode. Possible routes for each pairing are generated and scored based on weighted factors. The scores are optimized to achieve a set of routes with a maximum score. The routes are then offered to the corresponding courier if the courier will arrive at or after the created order is completed by the merchant. A neural network may be implemented to recognize the optimal score for a given duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: DoorDash, Inc.
    Inventors: Rohan Balraj Chopra, Richard Hwang, Jeff Ning Han
  • Patent number: 11263282
    Abstract: A system and a method are disclosed that enable a mobile device to use an encoded tag to initiate and maintain communications with at least one remote server. The encoded tag is positioned to identify a point of interest, and in response to using the mobile device to scan the encoded tag, communications regarding the point of interest may be initiated. A single encoded tag may be used to obtain and update recorded information about the point of interest, to notify others about an issue related to the point of interest, to log into the system, and to wait to be alerted about an issue related to the point of interest. If an issue relating to a point of interest has been reported, the system and method may monitor the reported issue to ensure that an action has been taken to address the reported issue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Digital Seat Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Cameron Fowler, Matthew Sullivan
  • Patent number: 11257028
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a system, methods, and computer-readable media for a self-regulating and self-adjusting reconciliation of a cumulative contribution amount and a cumulative delivery value determined for instances associated with an entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Chris Grubb
  • Patent number: 11257133
    Abstract: A system and method to attribute expiration dates and quantities of a product to an SKU code for pricing purposes. This method applies dynamic pricing to perishable food items. Using bulk tagging capabilities, the supermarket can attribute expiration dates to items without the pain of actually tagging the items with stickers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Wasteless Ltd.
    Inventor: Oded Omer
  • Patent number: 11257064
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating visually perceivable data representing a digital order of goods or services is provided. In an embodiment, visually perceivable data is generated and displayed at first device representing a digital order which is the subject of a transaction. In an embodiment, a second device receives digital data comprising a digital image and determines the digital image matches the visually perceivable data. In an embodiment, the second device receives data representing the digital order in response to determining the digital image matches the visually perceivable data. In an embodiment, the second device completes a digital transaction after receiving the digital order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: VenueNext, Inc.
    Inventors: Edan Rosenberg, Anthony Perez, Frank Conway
  • Patent number: 11257338
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving, by a base station of a security system, an identification of a shipment package, the identification received from a first security sensor that is part of the security system. The method further includes adding, by the base station, a shipment device of the shipment package as a second security sensor of the security system. The method further includes configuring, by the base station, the shipment device in protect-mode, wherein the shipment device sounds an alarm in response to the shipment being displaced by at least a predetermined distance when in the protect-mode. The method further includes reconfiguring, by the base station, the shipment device in safe-mode in response to receiving, from a customer associated with the shipment package, a confirmation signal that the shipment package has been safely received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: CLOUD SOFTWARE LLC
    Inventors: Devadatta Bodas, Kanchan Bodas, Rajiv Nashikkar, Tanmay Dharmadhikari
  • Patent number: 11257013
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a method for executing a multi-restaurant order, may be provided; the method comprising: receiving a multi-restaurant order comprising requesting a plurality of order items associated with a plurality of restaurants from a customer; calculating a time to begin preparing a first order item associated with a first restaurant; calculating a time to begin preparing a second order item associated with a second restaurant; comparing the times; scheduling, based on the comparing, a first time to begin preparation of the first order item and a second time to begin preparation of the second order item; transmitting the first and second time to begin preparation to the first and second restaurant, respectively; generating a plurality of proposed pickup times, based on the scheduling, of the first order item and the second order item; and transmitting the plurality of proposed pickup times to a driver management module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Martin Garcia-Brosa
  • Patent number: 11244299
    Abstract: In some examples, a computing device may receive, from a merchant application on a merchant device, an indication that a buyer has initiated a transaction to purchase an item from a merchant associated with the merchant device. A first fulfilment selection may initially be associated with the transaction. The computing device may determine an association of the buyer with a buyer account. A buyer device having a buyer application executable thereon may be associated with the buyer account. The computing device may send, to the buyer application, transaction information related to the transaction to enable the buyer to pay for the transaction via the buyer application and/or change the fulfilment selection for the transaction. The computing device may receive, from the buyer application, at least one of an indication of authorization of payment for the transaction or an indication of a change to the fulfilment selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: DOORDASH, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Alexander Pittack
  • Patent number: 11232528
    Abstract: Provided is a service request device including a display which includes an information display unit and an electronic code display unit, a button, and a processor which transmits a call signal corresponding to at least one of an input, information corresponding to an electronic code displayed on the information display unit, and an electronic code displayed on the electronic code display unit when the input to the button is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: HELLOFACTORY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyungmin Kim
  • Patent number: 11232499
    Abstract: An apparatus that provides a cooperative shopping service in association with a chat application includes a friend information receiving unit configured to receive, from a host device, information about at least one friend or chat room selected from a list of multiple friends or multiple chat rooms managed by the chat application; an invitation unit configured to transmit an invitation message to a guest device corresponding to the friend or a member of the chat room through the chat application; and a cooperative shopping service providing unit configured to provide, both to the host device and the guest device, a list of products that are capable of being put into a shopping cart of the host device and receive order information about product selected from the list of products by at least one of the host device and the guest device, wherein the list of products provided to the host device and the guest device is generated based on a location of a delivery destination determined by the host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: KAKAO CORP.
    Inventors: Do Yon Hwang, Kyoung Jin Han, Jun Hwan Lee, Dong Wha Yuk, Woo Yeol Baek, Ji Yoong Choi, Ji Yeon Shin, Yeon Hee Shin, Mi Ran Kang, Sheung Min Shin, Yun Ji Koh, Du Hyeong Kim, Chang Sung Ban, Hyun Hee Park, Ji Eun Kim, Jin Young Choi
  • Patent number: 11227347
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide a system and method that utilize transit data to determine where a transit traveler's order is placed in an order queue at a vendor. A transit traveler may execute an application, associated with an ordering system, on a mobile device. Utilizing the application, the transit traveler may select one or more menu items from a selected vendor. The ordering system may then utilize the transit data, associated with a transit vehicle the transit traveler is traveling on or intends to board, to determine the anticipated time of arrival of the transit traveler at the selected vendor. The vendor device then executes order placement software, provided by the ordering system, to place the transit traveler's order in a particular position within an order queue utilizing the anticipated time of arrival and a fulfillment time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Landstar Development Corporation
    Inventor: George Mylonas
  • Patent number: 11222297
    Abstract: A system and method of combining table management software and customer experience skills by generating profiles of patrons, servers, and restaurants and using machine learning algorithms on those profiles to build more intimate relationships between patrons, food service establishments, and food service professionals. Trait matching provides optimized matchmaking between patrons and servers who share certain commonalities while also balancing the table management operations. Machine learning algorithms may be used to identify patterns of commonality that would not otherwise be recognized. This system allows patrons to choose servers at an establishment over a plurality of electronic devices by using the cluster analysis results. It provides servers more lateral work experience between participating restaurants, and restaurants more power to operate smoothly and build highly cohesive teams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: ROCKSPOON, INC.
    Inventor: Nagib Georges Mimassi
  • Patent number: 11210731
    Abstract: The described systems and methods provide a user's mobile device with a graphical user interface that can provide information about the lowest price offered for one or more products. For instance, when a person at a physical retail store places one or more products in a physical shopping cart, a scanning device may scan the one or more products to obtain information about the one or more products, the scanned information is sent to a server that provides pricing and store location information to a mobile device based on the scanned information, the pricing and store location information can be analyzed by the mobile device to display the lowest price and store location for each product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Michelle Susan Croak, Stephen Joseph Contreras, Jo Anne Yau, Charise Renee Whitaker, Jason Algernon Webster, Salvador J. Rodriguez, Jon D. McEachron, Kimberly Wiessner, Oscar Guerra
  • Patent number: 11203432
    Abstract: A trolley support system (100) includes at least one intelligent trolley (102) designed for use onboard passenger transportation vehicles such as aircraft. The trolley (102) includes a housing (106) with an internal compartment (108) and a door (110) that provides selective access to the internal compartment. The door is movable between a closed position and an unclosed position. The trolley also includes a control sensor (116) that configured to detect at least one characteristic of the trolley and a visual indicator (122) configured to emit a visual transmission based on the at least one detected characteristic. A trolley node (104) having a controller may be included with the trolley and may be communicatively coupled to the control sensor and the visual indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: SAFRAN CABIN NETHERLANDS N.V.
    Inventors: Jenny Tsay, Sergio Luis Gómez Serrano, Ron Verweij, Arne Hoffman
  • Patent number: 11200504
    Abstract: According to embodiments, methods, systems, and computer program products are provided for receiving one or more input compositions comprising one or more materials, assigning a material vector to each material, learning, for each of the input compositions, a composition vector based on the material vectors of the materials that form each composition, assigning predicted rating values having a confidence level to each of the composition vectors, selecting a composition to be rated based on the confidence levels, presenting the selected composition to be rated to a user, receiving a user rating for the composition to be rated; adjusting the predicted rating values and confidence levels of the composition vectors that have not been rated by the user, and generating a predictive model to predict a user's ratings for compositions when confidence levels of each composition vector is above a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yi-Min Chee, Ashish Jagmohan, Pamela N. Luna, Krishna C. Ratakonda, Richard B. Segal, Piyawadee Sukaviriya
  • Patent number: 11200575
    Abstract: A drive-through order processing method and apparatus are disclosed. The drive-through order processing method includes receiving customer information detected through vision recognition, providing product information based on the customer information, and processing a product order of a customer. According to the present disclosure, it is possible to rapidly process an order using customer information based on customer recognition using an artificial intelligence (AI) model of machine learning through a 5G network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Young Yeon Seo, Young Ho Sohn, Chang Jun Yeo
  • Patent number: 11195112
    Abstract: According to embodiments, methods, systems, and computer program products are provided for receiving one or more input compositions comprising one or more materials, assigning a material vector to each material, learning, for each of the input compositions, a composition vector based on the material vectors of the materials that form each composition, assigning predicted rating values having a confidence level to each of the composition vectors, selecting a composition to be rated based on the confidence levels, presenting the selected composition to be rated to a user, receiving a user rating for the composition to be rated; adjusting the predicted rating values and confidence levels of the composition vectors that have not been rated by the user, and generating a predictive model to predict a user's ratings for compositions when confidence levels of each composition vector is above a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yi-Min Chee, Ashish Jagmohan, Pamela N. Luna, Krishna C. Ratakonda, Richard B. Segal, Piyawadee Sukaviriya
  • Patent number: 11195215
    Abstract: An ambient transaction system is described for facilitating various transactions types between a management system and a connected device over a transaction platform. Based on a variety of different triggering conditions, the transaction platform may establish an integrated session among the transaction platform, the management system, and the connected device. The transaction platform includes integrated logic of the management system such that a presentment layer provided to the connected device by the transaction platform via the integrated session includes features of the management system associated with the transaction type. When the transaction is a payment transaction, the features may include a payment feature through which checkout options may be selected for payment via the connected device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Jeremy M. Silver, Todd C. Moning, James Andrew Cantrell, Terron C. Hyde
  • Patent number: 11196872
    Abstract: A data gate apparatus for integrating functionalities of an interface format into a plurality of services. The data gate comprises a storage device, a communication interface and a processor coupled to the storage device and the communication interface. The processor detects a device supporting a first interface format that is different than the interface formats stored in the storage device. The processor learns the first interface format by receiving data function in the first interface format and associating a field in the data function with a variable representing information of a particular type. The processor verifies that the first interface format has been successfully learnt by generating a message in the first interface format and sending the message to the device. The processor receives a response to the message and parses the response to thereby confirm that the first interface format is functional and integrable into the plurality of services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Bullhead Innovations Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter S. Warrick
  • Patent number: 11195156
    Abstract: The present subject matter discloses systems and methods in which a mobile application integrates with a point of sale (POS) system such that users may split and pay an itemized bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventor: Brandon Ham
  • Patent number: 11182864
    Abstract: Systems and restaurant locations for use with a mobile ordering system, and methods thereof, to provide at least more time-efficient pick up of orders by customers than with traditional ordering and pick up windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: David C. Fox
  • Patent number: 11183078
    Abstract: Control unit (110) and method (400) for assisting a user in orchestrating preparation of a meal comprising a plurality of dishes, based on recipes (160, 170) stored in a database (120) on a common recipe format, by independent recipe authors (130, 140). The method (400) comprises offering (401) dishes to a user, which correspond to a respective recipe (160, 170) in the database (120); receiving (402) a selection of dishes from the user; determining (403) a required work intensity of the user, for each recipe step; determining (404) a maximum time limit of each step of the respective recipes (160, 170); composing (406) a time interval structure of the steps of the respective recipes (160, 170), based on the required work intensity and the maximum time limit of each step; and outputting (409) the composed (406) time interval structure to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Mixator AB
    Inventor: Michael Thysell
  • Patent number: 11175796
    Abstract: A menu management method is performed at a computing device, the method comprising: sending a request for accessing a menu management interface at a social networking platform server; and customizing, through the menu management interface, a user menu associated with the identifier of an official account by obtaining an interface address corresponding to the menu management interface; generating a management interface invoking request carrying the interface address and sending the management interface invoking request to the social networking platform server; receiving the management interface and changing at least one menu item of the user menu in accordance with the official account's definition; and returning the customized user menu to the social networking platform server, which forwards the customized user menu to a plurality of user accounts that have subscribed to the official account and enable them to exchange information with the official account through the customized user menu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 11170429
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing nutritional recommendations to a registered customer of a business make use of a central computer server and a database including nutritional scores associated with products offered by the business. The central computer server receives a list of products purchased by the customer from the business, and processes that list to assign a nutritional score from the database to each of the products purchased by the customer. The nutritional score of each of the products purchased by the customer is then compared with a nutritional score of one or more product alternatives such that, based on that comparison, a recommended product alternative is selected having a nutritional score higher than a corresponding one of the products purchased by the registered customer. The recommended product alternative is then transmitted to the customer via a software application running on a mobile device of the registered customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: THE KROGER CO.
    Inventors: Richard J. Hall, Lori J. Lovell, Sara R. Cunningham, Joseph M. G. Keller, Lauren A. Washington, Benjamin G. Marston, Lauren K. Fariello, Allison Baker
  • Patent number: 11164172
    Abstract: A system and environment to enable entities to utilize delivery services provided by a service provider are described herein. In some examples, the service provider exposes the delivery services to a computing device associated with a merchant, buyer, and/or others using one or more Applicant Programming Interfaces (APIs) provided by the service provider. The one or more APIs may enable merchants and/or others to automatically integrate the delivery services into technologies used by the merchants and/or others in order to facilitate delivery of items that are offered for acquisition by the merchants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Bell, Kevin Yien, Karl Westman
  • Patent number: 11157929
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for identifying and communicating with a user through the user's mobile device. One example method includes receiving, from the mobile device, a user identifier associated with the user and an entity identifier associated with an entity location, the entity identifier being obtained by the mobile device from a wireless transmitter located adjacent to an entrance of the entity location; retrieving user profile data associated with the user identifier from a user database, the user profile data including a user qualifier; providing the user profile data to a display device at the entity location, the display device configured to display the user profile data, including the user qualifier; and sending at least one notification to the mobile device for display thereon, the at least one notification comprising at least one of information related to the entity location and a portion of the user profile data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Nicholas Eby, Joe Rago, Kartik Subramanian
  • Patent number: 11158209
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying items purchased at a merchant is provided. The method includes receiving transaction data associated with a transaction of the consumer, the transaction data including a transaction amount and a merchant identifier associated with the merchant. Price information and tax information associated with the merchant are retrieved. A most likely item combination is selected based on a pre-tax total for the transaction and the price information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Mayank Prakash, Ashutosh Sharan, Sheetanshu Gupta
  • Patent number: 11151636
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method receives an order request from a consumer device where the order request is be provisioned to a recipient at a later time and where the recipient is required to be physically present receive the order. The order request also includes a request location and a request time. As a function of the information, the method determines an estimated time to complete the order request. The method further sends a confirmation request to the consumer device requesting a confirmation response within a predetermined time. After an expiration of the predetermined time, the method completes a transaction for the order request and receives the confirmation response from the consumer device after the expiration of the predetermined time. The method sends a notification to the consumer device indicating the estimated time to complete the order request for the recipient to receive the order request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventor: Drew Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 11151530
    Abstract: Described herein is a centralized order computing system that is configured to receive orders from a plurality of sources. The plurality of sources can include delivery applications, remote customer computing devices, and/or service computing devices associated with a merchant. The centralized order computing system may be configured to receive a plurality of orders from the plurality of sources, send the plurality of orders to a kitchen computing system associated with the merchant, receive a notification of order completion, and process the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Bell, James Lintern, Brian Partridge, Ghassan Abu-Ghaida, Matthew T. Kursmark, Logan Johnson
  • Patent number: 11133098
    Abstract: A system and method for the preparation of food is provided. The system utilizes a nutritional information module which allows nutritional information to be aggregated for an entire menu along with portion information and the ability to adjust serving weight by preferred caloric value for any individual recipe. The system also utilizes a scheduler module which compiles task information for any individual recipe items per paragraph. The schedule module may have any plurality of different task times including a passive task time and/or an active task time and may time stamp the time it takes to prepare any specific recipe. The schedule may compile cook information and store information in a memory bank for analysis of the individual cook's cooking style and cook time. Moreover, the system may also provide a feedback module which uses personal time co-efficients to predict how long it should take for any particular menu choice preparation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Chet Harrison
  • Patent number: 11128709
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for receiving nutritional information are disclosed. For example, the method receives a profile of a user, receives over the communications network, grocery information on one or more grocery items at one or more locations of the user, receives over the communications network, ingestion information on ingestion by the user of at least one grocery item from the one or more grocery items, generates nutritional information, wherein the nutritional information is determined by performing an analysis based on the profile of the user, the grocery information, and the ingestion information, and provides over the communications network, the nutritional information, to an endpoint device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Steven Belz, Greg W. Edwards, Michael Lattanzi, Constance Missimer, James H. Pratt
  • Patent number: 11120496
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to providing augmented reality user interfaces and controlling back-office data processing systems based on augmented reality events. A computing platform may receive first item information identifying one or more items associated with a first event participant and second item information identifying one or more items associated with a second event participant. Subsequently, the computing platform may generate an event summary user interface that includes one or more augmented reality overlay elements and may send the event summary user interface to devices associated with the first and second event participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew E. Carroll
  • Patent number: 11093995
    Abstract: A monitoring-based service providing system includes a table monitoring terminal associated with one of a plurality of tables in a venue, a central control terminal, and an order terminal associated with said one of the plurality of tables. The central control terminal includes a communication interface communicable with the table monitoring terminal, and a controller. The controller is configured to compare the image data received at first timing with the image data received at second timing after the first timing, determine a remaining amount of the consumable item based on a comparison result of the image data received at the first and second timing, and generate recommendation information upon the determining remaining amount decreasing to a predetermined threshold, and control the second communication interface to transmit the generated recommendation information. The order terminal includes a display, on which a recommendation screen is displayed based on the recommendation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Motonobu Kawamura, Masashi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 11077860
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for an embedded in-vehicle platform that provides immersive user experiences. An example method includes obtaining, by a vehicle controller of a vehicle, a preference profile for a user; loading the preference profile by the vehicle controller; determining a shopping experience of the user occurring on a vehicle shopping platform within the vehicle; determining an ambience profile of a merchant identified in the shopping experience; and controlling, by the vehicle controller, an in-vehicle ambience within the vehicle based on the ambience profile and the preference profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ayush Shah, Jeffrey Yeung, Harald C. Martinez, Oleg Gusikhin
  • Patent number: 11068769
    Abstract: A system, comprising a prepared Near Field Communication (NFC) tag, which has been customized by a business to cause custom websites to pop up on customers' smartphones; a service point, which is a place where a customer will receive service from the business; wherein a customer can waive a smartphone over the prepared NFC tag at a service point; wherein the prepared NFC tag will cause a website to pop up on the smartphone and the customer can enter a request, which will be sent to workers at the business's location; wherein the customer's request is authenticated and hence physical presence verified; wherein workers at the business will receive the request, and will respond to the request at the customer's service point. For example, in a grocery store, the service points are along the aisles, and in a restaurant, the service points are the tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Service Point Systems LLC
    Inventor: Mitchell Vibbert
  • Patent number: 11062287
    Abstract: Systems and related methods facilitating interactions between a merchant device, a central system and a consumer device are discussed herein. Wallet identifying data may be used to secure messages between the consumer device and the merchant device over a wireless link. For example, the merchant device may include circuitry configured to wirelessly receive the wallet identifying data from a consumer device and to transmit the wallet identifying data to the central system. In response, consumer identifying data associated with the wallet identifying data may be received by the merchant device from the central system. In some embodiments, the consumer identifying data may be associated with a unit of location, such as a dine-in location at a restaurant, to facilitate consumer service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Tuomas Artman, Jyri Engestrom, Ulf Schwekendiek
  • Patent number: 11049170
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a technique for detecting a first user in the autonomous store based on analysis of a first set of images collected by a set of tracking cameras in the autonomous store, creating a first virtual shopping cart for the first user without requiring the first user to establish an identity with the autonomous store, updating the first virtual shopping cart with a set of items in the autonomous store based on observations from a set of sensors of interactions between the first user and the set of items, and automatically performing at least one check-out operation related to the set of items in the first virtual shopping cart upon detecting that a first location of the first user is within proximity of a checkout location in the autonomous store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Inokyo, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Francis, Ryan Patrick Brigden
  • Patent number: 11037129
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods for providing a consumer device presence-based transaction sessions are discussed herein. Some embodiments may provide for an apparatus configured to establish consumer device presence-based transaction sessions. The apparatus and consumer device may wirelessly communicate for a variety interactions within the transaction session. For example, consumers may be allowed to provide one or more instances of consumer approval data for payment. The transaction session may be closed upon receipt of consumer approval data or may be kept open based on wirelessly polling for consumer device presence. Based on the lack of consumer device presence, the apparatus may be configured to close the transaction session and subsequently facilitate a transaction. In various embodiments, the apparatus may be a merchant device or a server. For example, the apparatus may be a server of a central system configured to facilitate transaction sessions between merchant devices and consumer devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Chen, Robert James Skillington, Jay Walter Robinson, Tuomas Santeri Artman, Cristian Matias Sepulveda, Joshua Isaac Zloof, Leslie Jean Chicoine, Mahmudul Arefin Din