Including Point Of Sale Terminal Or Electronic Cash Register Patents (Class 705/16)
  • Patent number: 10325230
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure are related to auditing overstock products in a retail environment. A database query is constructed to retrieve employee schedule information for a specified time period from a database. A first data structure is created that includes an audit list of employees scheduled to work during the specified time period in response to database records returned by the database in response to the submission of the database query. A pseudo-random sorting function is executed to randomize a position of the employees in the audit list. A second data structure is created that includes audit data generated in response to an overstock audit. A report is generated based on the audit data and includes at least one visual representation of the audit data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lynn Brandon, Marc Ashley Fletter
  • Patent number: 10325309
    Abstract: A device may determine its location within a store and display the location on a map of the store. A user may provide a shopping list to the device. The device may then display the location of desired items on the map of the store. When an item is located in multiple locations, the device may display one or more of the locations for the item. The device may suggest a route through the store by which the user can find all of the items on the shopping list. The device may recommend products to the user based on items near the device, items on the shopping list, or items identified by the user. The device may have the ability to identify items. The device may communicate with the server to gather information about an identified item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Akshay Gadre, Dennis Driscoll
  • Patent number: 10325284
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for managing the cadence (e.g., frequency or rate) that electronic promotion correspondence is sent to a consumer. A system may access a target cadence indicator associated with a consumer that indicates of a target rate for sending electronic promotion correspondence to the consumer. The system may also determine an actual cadence indicator for the consumer over a predetermined period of time and analyze a potential electronic promotion correspondence for sending to the consumer. The system determines whether to send the electronic correspondence to the consumer based on the target cadence indicator, the actual cadence indicator, and the analysis of the electronic promotion correspondence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Groupon, Inc.
    Inventors: Amit Aggarwal, David Thacker, Sean O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10318123
    Abstract: A semiconductor-transistor-based system and device that are designed to, but are not limited to: electronically outputting electronic-semiconductor-transistor-voltage-level-based-state-machine-assisted-user-menu-selection display associated with electronic-semiconductor-transistor-voltage-level-based-state-machine-assisted collection of user-physiological information, associated with electronic-semiconductor-transistor-voltage-level-based-state-machine-assisted collection of user-conduct information, and associated with electronic-semiconductor-transistor-voltage-level-based-state-machine-assisted obtaining of food-based information. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10319001
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for the purchase of and/or free sampling of products. The systems, methods, and/or apparatus may permit push notifications of purchased products and/or free product samples being available and may permit the use of mobile devices and/or mobile device applications to be used to purchase products or dispense free samples of products via a product dispenser or vending machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TRANSPARENSEE LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Kline, Denise Lisa Salvucci
  • Patent number: 10311417
    Abstract: A sales data processing apparatus comprises a position storage section which stores a position of an operation section operated by an operator, a line of sight measurement device which measures a position of line of sight of the operator, a line of sight position storage module which stores the position of the line of sight measured by the line of sight measurement device, a coincidence determining module which determines whether or not the position of an operation section to be operated next by the operator is coincident with the position of the line of sight of the operator stored, and an operation informing module which informs information for instructing an operation of the operation section if the coincidence determining module determines that the position of the operation section to be operated next is not coincident with the position of the line of sight of the operator stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10311438
    Abstract: A method and apparatus involve: providing a plurality of products that are each associated with a respective radio frequency identification tag; using radio frequency identification technology to automatically identify specific products in a group of products collected by a shopper; and evaluating whether or not to obtain payment from the shopper based on the radio frequency identification of products in the group. Based on the result of the evaluation, either payment is obtained from the shopper on the basis of the radio frequency identification of products in the group, or else the products in the group are audited, and then payment is obtained on the basis of the products identified by the audit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Justin C. Lewis, Richard B. Ulrich, Nicholaus A. Jones, Matthew M. Lowrie
  • Patent number: 10311263
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automatic vending machine, which includes a smart shelf and a server back-end management system, wherein a door body is arranged on the smart shelf, a main control board is arranged on the smart shelf, the main control board is respectively electrically connected with an electric inserting lock, an antenna array, and an Alipay two-dimensional code input terminal; the main control board is interconnected with the server back-end management system through the Internet, the server back-end management system is accessed to Zhima credit system through the Internet; the door body forms an opening and closing connection with the smart shelf through the electric inserting lock; the main control board and the antenna array are connected through a multi-channel read head controller and a signal amplification motherboard. It is convenient to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Husky Refrigerators Mfg Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Yaxue Liu
  • Patent number: 10304046
    Abstract: There is disclosed a device and method in a wireless communication system and a wireless communication system, the device including: a secure channel establishing unit configured to establish a secure communication channel between a first apparatus and a second apparatus using a location-based service; a data security key generating unit configured to generate a data security key for protecting service data based on at least a channel key extracted from the secure communication channel; and a controlling unit configured to control the service data protected using the data security key to be transmitted on the secure communication channel. According to the embodiments of the disclosure, it is possible to improve security of data transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ji Li, Zhihui Zhang
  • Patent number: 10304043
    Abstract: Approaches provide for a point-of-sale system that includes, for example, a stand that supports a computing device. The computing device can run software configured to provide functionality for a point-of-sale system. The computing device can be connected to peripheral components, such as a cash drawer, a receipt printer, etc. through a hub or other device configured to host at least one of a plurality of peripheral ports and/or operate as a single client to the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Nguyen, Lukas Skoog, Jason Binder
  • Patent number: 10296900
    Abstract: A method and system for enabling performance of a transaction. A client computer displays a first representation of a transaction policy depicting transaction policy options for fulfilling the transaction policy. After a user selects a first transaction policy option, the client computer displays a second representation of the transaction policy, depicting at least one mechanism pertaining to the first transaction policy option for satisfying the requirements of the first transaction policy option. After the user selects a first mechanism, the client computer displays evidence options for each requirement of the first transaction policy option. After the user selects an evidence option for each requirement of the first transaction policy option, the client computer sends to a server transaction enablement information that includes evidence dictated by the selected evidence options to enable the server to perform the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jan L. Camenisch, Abhi A. Shelat, Dieter M. Sommer, Roger D. Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 10296954
    Abstract: The performance of functional items, such as headphones, cameras, etc., can be simulated in the context of a network-accessible electronic catalog by using virtual machines, and similar techniques. An electronic marketplace may provide a user with the option to sample the performance of an item being browsed, and can generate and/or configure one or more virtual machines to simulate functions of the item, using parameters that are specific to the item and/or that are tailored to the user's device. In some cases, the performance of different items can be compared, e.g. by simultaneous presentation of visual information, and/or item(s) performance can be virtualized in various ways that allow the user to identify differences or capabilities that might otherwise be difficult to discern. The described methods may also recommend products that closely match the user's preferences based on the user's modifications to virtualizations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Pushpendra Narain Mishra
  • Patent number: 10282713
    Abstract: The present subject matter discloses systems and methods in which a mobile application integrates with a restaurant's point of sale (POS) system such that, by providing a table identifier, users may split and pay an itemized bill, without the need of servers or restaurant staff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Brandon Ham
  • Patent number: 10268718
    Abstract: Methods and systems for query resolution through graphical user interfaces are disclosed. In one aspect, a system is disclosed that includes a processor and data storage including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to perform operations. The operations include receiving a query requesting resolution of inconsistent data; based on the query, creating an instance in a queue, where the instance identifies a priority and a task for the query; based on the priority, selecting the query from the queue and initiating resolution of the inconsistent data by generating a graphical user interface to accomplish the task; while accomplishing the task, generating each of (i) a documentation documenting the inconsistent data and the task and (ii) a resolution resolving the inconsistent data; storing the documentation; and publishing the resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Veena Yelamanchili, Sriram Srinivasan, Janagaraj Ragupathy, Dinesh Vajala, Brittany Courtney
  • Patent number: 10244791
    Abstract: A method is disclosed comprising generating, by a first electronic vapor device, first usage data related to the first electronic vapor device, transmitting, by the first electronic vapor device, the first usage data to a central server, and receiving, by the first electronic vapor device, an indication of compliance with a vaping program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Lunatech, LLC
    Inventors: John Cameron, Dean Becker, Gene Fein
  • Patent number: 10250734
    Abstract: In various embodiments, different mobile phone apparatuses are provided, comprising: a touchscreen a near field communication interface; at least one non-transitory memory storing instructions; and one or more processors in communication with the touchscreen, the near field communication interface, and the at least one non-transitory memory, wherein the one or more processors execute the instructions to initiate various capabilities and/or functionalities in connection with a lock screen displayed on the touchscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Majen Tech, LLC
    Inventors: George Andrew Gordon, Joseph A Cerrato, Ronald A Johnston, Kevin J Zilka
  • Patent number: 10242374
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to the generation and presentation of merchant insights to a brick-and-mortar merchant. More specifically, one or more embodiments of the present disclosure relate to detecting and identifying users visiting a merchant's retail location, determining product preferences of the identified users that relate to the merchant, and providing merchant insights to the merchant based on the determined product preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Lee Charles Linden, Benjamin Lewis, Dwight Ewing Crow, Jonathan Shottan, Peng Fan
  • Patent number: 10244345
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method that performs the steps of collecting network signal information from a sensor of a mobile device located in a designated vendor area. The network signal information is produced by a fixed transmitting device and has a corresponding network time stamp. The mobile device located in the designated vendor area receives a payment notification from a vendor; extracting from the payment notification, time stamp information and a name of the vendor sending the payment notification; and matching the time stamp information with the corresponding network time stamp and automatically updating a labeled localization database. The labeled localization database comprises previously mapped localization information corresponding to multiple spatial zones of the designated vendor area and the updating comprises linking the name of the vendor sending the payment notification with a physical location of the fixed transmitting device. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dipyaman Banerjee, Apurva Kumar
  • Patent number: 10235689
    Abstract: Processing of point of sale (“POS”) redemptions via a “tap” of a contactless device comprises a POS data collector that facilitates a connection with a contactless device. A merchant scans items for purchase using a POS scanner, which captures product identification information. The POS scanner forwards the product identification information to a POS terminal. The POS data collector intercepts the product identification information between the POS scanner and the POS terminal. A user taps the contactless device in the POS data collector's radio frequency field, and a communication channel is established between the contactless device and the POS data collector. The POS data collector identifies the user via the contactless device and identifies coupons, merchant offers, and other value-added services to redeem with the transaction. The POS data collector forwards this information to the POS terminal, the redemptions are applied to the transaction, and the communication is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Philipp Hertel, Paul Lee, Sheldon I. Walfish, Alexander W. Hertel, Steven Viavant, Dan Moisa, Gene Sokolov
  • Patent number: 10229448
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for a network of personalized devices determining data for shopping predictions. A personalized device may include processing components for determining purchase predictions for one or more items to purchase on behalf of a user. The purchase predictions may be based on personality traits and other information that may indicate interests of the user. The purchase predictions may also be based on purchase information for the item, including inventory of the item, price of the item, availability of the item to the user, or other factor. Once the purchase prediction is determined, the personalized device may generate a purchase request for the item from a merchant having the item at a physical merchant location accessible to the personalized device or a delivery device associated with the personalized device. The personalized device may retrieve and deliver the purchased item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Sumeet Ahuja
  • Patent number: 10218500
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of authentication of a contactless communication circuit, PICC, by a contactless communication terminal, PCD. Within the PICC, a first number is generated by encryption of a second random number, and the first number is sent to the PCD. Within the PCD, a third number is generated by decryption of the first number. Also within the PCD, a fourth number is determined and encrypted to generate a fifth number. The fifth number has first and second portions. Back within the PICC, a sixth number is determined, which is used in the determination of a seventh number. The seventh number is determined by encryption by a cipher block chaining operating mode of the sixth number with an initialization vector equal to the first portion. If the seventh number is different from the second portion, the authentication is interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: PROTON WORLD INTERNATIONAL N.V.
    Inventor: Frank Cuypers
  • Patent number: 10210580
    Abstract: A method and system facilitates importation and categorization of financial documents in a financial system. The method and system include receiving source data and externally generated metadata associated with a financial document, such as a receipt of purchase. The method and system further include analyzing the metadata and categorizing the financial document based on the metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Paulus, Luis Felipe Cabrera, Mike Graves
  • Patent number: 10210569
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, in part, techniques for collecting customer information of users at a centralized location and utilizing the information in an intelligent manner to assist customers in improving spending habits and in meeting budgetary goals. 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 to collect, generate and propagate budgetary profiles, to make budgetary suggestions and perform budgetary operations with regard to interactions of the merchants and the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley Kim, Jonathan Andrew Wolter, Victor Tsou
  • Patent number: 10210500
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable storage medium to determine a table location of a payment cardholder within a restaurant, to enable automatic bill receipt for the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventor: Rahul Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10192158
    Abstract: An electronic price indicating system according to the embodiment includes: at least one electronic price indicator for displaying product information; and a power supply apparatus connected to the at least one electronic price indicator to supply a driving signal which is driving power of the at least one electronic price indicator. The power supply apparatus includes: a power supply unit connected to the at least one electronic price indicator and supplying driving power to the electronic price indicator; an antenna for receiving data transmitted from a server; and a communication unit for confirming a first electronic price indicator to which data received via the antenna is to be applied and supplying power to the confirmed first electronic price indicator, wherein the communication unit controls an operation of the power supply unit, modulates the power supply signal according to the received data, and supplies the modulated power supply signal to the first electronic price indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Won Suk Chung
  • Patent number: 10185944
    Abstract: Provided is a POS peripherals controlling device including: a wireless communication unit; an interface part including at least one interface unit; and a controller determining whether data received from a mobile POS host device through the wireless communication unit includes control data for controlling at least one POS peripheral connected through the interface part, when the received data includes control data, checking a target POS peripheral where the control data is to be delivered among the at least one peripheral, and transmitting control data included in the received data to the checked POS peripheral through a first interface unit connected to the checked target peripheral among the at least one interface unit, wherein the control data is generated by the mobile POS host device and is generated in a format corresponding to the target peripheral that is to receive the control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: BIXOLON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Hwan Kim, Won Je Choi, Sa Bin Son, Cho Eun Jeong
  • Patent number: 10185940
    Abstract: Various systems, methods, and apparatuses are described for facilitating payment for a transaction. One example method may comprise capturing an image comprising a transaction bill and a form of payment for providing payment for the transaction. The example method may further comprise posting payment for the transaction to a point-of-sale terminal based at least in part on the captured image. Similar and related methods, apparatuses, systems, and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Michael C. Finley
  • Patent number: 10182328
    Abstract: A payment object reader or POS device tracks performance of a wireless transceiver. In response to detection of a dip in performance of the wireless transceiver, the payment object reader or POS device retunes the wireless transceiver, enables a first subsystem of the payment object reader or POS device from a disabled state, transmits a notification indicating a defect, or identifies a tamper attempt. Sensor measurements and other actions within the payment object reader or POS device can be correlated with wireless transceiver underperformance and used to predict actions to take.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew H. Maibach, Michael C. Lamfalusi, Cory Douthat, Mani Razaghi, Sean Hafemann
  • Patent number: 10181140
    Abstract: Various systems and methods that may relate to referral and/or delivery services are described. Some embodiments may include communication using a payment processing device. Various other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Colin Sims, Jesse Jordan
  • Patent number: 10176448
    Abstract: In some examples, a service provider may receive revenue value shared between the service provider and a merchant. The service provider may also receive an order request along with item information and a delivery location. Accordingly, the service provider may determine an original delivery boundary and a delivery fee associated with the order request based at least on the delivery location. If the value of revenue shared is more than a predefined value, the service provider allocates at least a part of the value of shared revenue toward modifying the delivery boundary, wherein the modified delivery boundary causes at least one of: (a) an inclusion of the buyer previously excluded from the delivery boundary, or (b) a new delivery fee for delivering the indicated items, where the new delivery fee is computed based on a contribution of the percentage value of the shared revenue toward the original delivery fee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Rhodes, Benjamin R. Bernstein, Yunjing Xu
  • Patent number: 10169994
    Abstract: Embodiments for using vehicular collaboration for vehicular parking area availability detection by a processor. An indication, having a degree of certainty according to a plurality of factors for obtaining a vehicular parking area, may be provided upon receiving data capturing one or more vehicular parking areas from one or more devices of at least one of a plurality of collaborative vehicles in substantially close proximity to the one or more vehicular parking areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tara Astigarraga, Itzhack Goldberg, Richard Hutzler, Neil Sondhi, Daniel J. Winarski
  • Patent number: 10171936
    Abstract: A device comprises an input component configured to receive an event identification request from a provider. The event identification request comprises one or more requirements usable to identify an actionable event for resolution. The requirements specify a geographical boundary and one or more goods. The device also comprises a processor communicably coupled to the input component. The processor is adapted to transmit the event identification request to a repository configured to match the event identification request with one or more actionable events based on the one or more requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua S. Allen, Andrew J. Lavery, Mario A. Maldari
  • Patent number: 10169748
    Abstract: A system and method process a transaction between a merchant and a consumer at a point of sale (POS). Transaction information for the transaction is received from the consumer at the POS. The transaction information identifies an alternative payment option of an alternative payment provider to use for the transaction. A universal merchant platform (UMP) is requested to approve the transaction with the alternative payment provider of the identified alternative payment option. The request includes the received transaction information and is provided to the UMP according to a unified payment implementation. In response to approval of the transaction, an order identifier is received from the UMP. The order identifier uniquely identifies the transaction. The UMP is requested to authorize and/or capture funds for the transaction using a payment implementation specific to the alternative payment provider of the identified alternative payment option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: CardinalCommerce Corporation
    Inventors: Chandra S. Balasubramanian, Michael A. Keresman, III, Eric Goodman, Adam Ratica, Scott Rauhe
  • Patent number: 10163097
    Abstract: A method and system are proposed for financial purchase transactions between a merchant and an employee in possession of a contactless credential device such as a proximity card ordinarily used for access to commercial facilities as in the case of electronically controlled doors and the like. The merchant is provided with a contactless reader device adapted to discern credential device codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventor: Ravi Pareek
  • Patent number: 10157406
    Abstract: A charge fare meter includes a charge module and a display. The charge module is used for outputting a direct (DC) current and calculating total charges, wherein the charge module includes an input interface, a calculating unit, and an output interface. The input interface is used for converting power provided by an alternating current power source or the DC power source into the DC current. The calculating unit is electrically connected to the input interface for calculating the total charges. The output interface is electrically connected to the calculating unit for outputting the DC current. The display is electrically connected to the charge module for displaying the DC current, a voltage corresponding to the DC current, or a charge fare corresponding to the total charges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: eEver Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Chao-Chun Lu
  • Patent number: 10157397
    Abstract: An application platform configurable for collecting user data associated with a plurality of retail-branded credit cards is provided. The application platform includes a configurable front end comprising a graphical user interface layer that is configurable to a specific one of the plurality of retail-branded credit cards, a backend layer comprising credit card functionality for directly performing credit card transactions associated with a specific one of the plurality of retail-branded credit cards, a data collection layer comprising a data collector for collecting user data associated with the plurality of retail-branded credit cards and an analytics engine coupled with the data collection layer for determining one or more attribute about a user from the user data associated with the plurality of retail-branded credit cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Comenity LLC
    Inventor: James Walz
  • Patent number: 10142328
    Abstract: Systems and methods, which can provide for user enrollment of an account, are provided. The enrollment of an account can be performed in a controlled-environment facility using a system(s) that provides assurance that the user of an account was the person that enrolled the account. A method, which may be employed in various systems and/or facilities, includes, using an enrollment module operating on at least one processor, generating respective confidential codes associated with user accounts. Each of the user accounts has at least one of the confidential codes and is for a respective one user. The method also includes receiving, at the enrollment module, respective enrollment information of each of enrolling individuals. The respective enrollment information is to enroll respective ones of the user accounts. The method further includes, after the receiving, transmitting from the enrollment module the respective confidential codes associated with the respective ones of the user accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Barrasso
  • Patent number: 10134094
    Abstract: Remotely modifying a display of a client. The server transmits first instructions to the client to modify the display to present, on a first area, a plurality of different taxable entities to which the client has access, and to modify the display to present, on a second area, a plurality of different report types. The server determines, based on input from the client, a plurality of different specific forms which relate only to a first subset and are also only within a second subset. The first subset is user input from the first area of a plurality of different taxable entities to which the client has information access. The second subset is user input from the second area of the display from the plurality of different report types. The server transmits second instructions to the client to modify the second area to display only the plurality of different specific forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ADP, LLC
    Inventors: Julien Maculan, Rhonda M. Vollmuth, Richard Anderson, David R. Pfrommer, Thomas J. Petite
  • Patent number: 10134032
    Abstract: There are provided systems and method for wireless beacon communications through magnetic card readers. A check-in at a merchant location may be completed using a beacon at the merchant location with a communication device. When a user wishes to pay for an item, the beacon may alert the user through their communication device that payment may be effectuated through the communication device. The communication device may communicate a payment token to the wireless beacon that identifies payment information for the user using a payment provider. The payment token may be encrypted, and the wireless beacon may decrypted the payment token prior to transmission to an accessory of a point of sale device, such as a magnetic card reader using magnetic field generation. This payment token may then be transmitted to a point of sale device, which may utilize a payment provider and/or a payment card issuer to effectuate payment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Satish Govindarajan, Geoffrey W. Chatterton
  • Patent number: 10120943
    Abstract: A preference-information gathering system is capable of gathering information on every commodity and/or every service, which are each of interest to a user, as user's preference information. The preference-information gathering system includes a user portable terminal capable of storing a user identifier uniquely identifying the user, an information searching apparatus and a preference-information management apparatus for managing the information on preferences with the user. The information searching apparatus has a search-information inputting unit for requesting a user to enter search information to be used in a process to search for information desired by the user and a user-identifier acquisition unit for acquiring a user identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kimiko Tsurumaki, Takuji Maekawa, Kotaro Jinushi, Hirokazu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10102511
    Abstract: Systems and methods which allow for a money transfer transaction to be funded without providing payment at the point in time when the transaction is originated and which also do not require a customer to undertake a separate transaction with a separate entity prior to initiating the money transfer transaction with a money transfer service are provided. Embodiments may therefore allow for money transfers, such as in emergency situations, when customers would not otherwise have payment readily available at the time of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Moneygram International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Zurn, Emelyn Varness, Mindy Prawer Bruns, Lisa Marie Minogue, Leslie Korsh, Douglas Porter
  • Patent number: 10083427
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, there is provided a method for receiving an electronic receipt of an electronic payment transaction into a mobile device, the method comprising: storing, into an installed application in the mobile device used to perform the electronic payment transaction, a unique transaction identity issued on the electronic payment transaction; generating, in a server, an electronic receipt issued on the electronic payment transaction; verifying that the electronic receipt matches against the unique transaction identity stored in the installed application; and receiving the electronic receipt into the mobile device in response to the verifying step determining that the electronic receipt matches against the unique transaction identity stored in the installed application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Oran Cummins, Bensam Joyson, Donghao Huang
  • Patent number: 10083433
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to systems and methods for managing accounts associated with a proxy. In one embodiment, a method can include receiving a merchant ID associated with a merchant from either a user interface or a point of sale device associated with the merchant. The method can include receiving proxy information associated with a proxy from either the user interface or the point of sale device associated with the merchant. Further, the method can include determining a payment account associated with both the merchant and the proxy, based at least in part on the merchant ID or the proxy information, the payment account having a balance and selected from an account database. The method can include transmitting payment information associated with the payment account to either the user interface or the point of sale device, based at least in part on the merchant ID or the proxy information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Hursta
  • Patent number: 10078823
    Abstract: Provided is a POS peripherals controlling device including: a wireless communication unit; an interface part including at least one interface unit; and a controller determining whether data received from a mobile POS host device through the wireless communication unit includes control data for controlling at least one POS peripheral connected through the interface part, when the received data includes control data, checking a target POS peripheral where the control data is to be delivered among the at least one peripheral, and transmitting control data included in the received data to the checked POS peripheral through a first interface unit connected to the checked target peripheral among the at least one interface unit, wherein the control data is generated by the mobile POS host device and is generated in a format corresponding to the target peripheral that is to receive the control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: BIXOLON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Hwan Kim, Won Je Choi, Sa Bin Son, Cho Eun Jeong
  • Patent number: 10078820
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques and arrangements for splitting one or more items from a ticket to another ticket. Some techniques and arrangements facilitate the splitting of one or more items from an open ticket to one or more split tickets. In some implementations, a foster ticket is utilized to account for items associated with split tickets. Other techniques and arrangements include providing split ticket suggestions. In some implementations, split ticket suggestions are provided based on historical ticket information and/or customer information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Philip Renke, Justin Brunet
  • Patent number: 10079930
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is provided that includes a processor coupled to a memory and configured to execute steps of storing corresponding information associating a predetermined event with apparatus information of an output apparatus, among the plurality of output apparatuses, that is installed at a predetermined position, and a control to be implemented with respect to the output apparatus; collecting event information relating to the predetermined event that is occurring; selecting the control to be implemented with respect to the output apparatus based on the collected event information; and instructing the output apparatus to implement the selected control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko Itoh, Tsutomu Kawase, Hiroyoshi Kuroda, Yuji Ohue
  • Patent number: 10061490
    Abstract: The commodity recognition apparatus displays a frame for surrounding a commodity in an image captured by an image capturing module. Then the commodity recognition apparatus recognizes a candidate of the commodity imaged in the frame according to the feature amount of the image in the area surrounded by the frame, and outputs information of a highest ranked candidate commodity. If a change instruction for the candidate is received, the commodity recognition apparatus outputs information of the commodity other than the highest ranked candidate selected from the candidates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Youji Tsunoda
  • Patent number: 10062065
    Abstract: To provide a settlement system capable of being switched between a cash desk payment style and a pay station payment style at a given timing in the same store. The present invention is a settlement system including a cash settlement apparatus and a cash register, wherein a layout is capable of being switched between a cash desk payment style in which the cash settlement apparatus is incorporated in a cash register lane, and a pay station payment style in which the cash settlement apparatus is separated from the cash register lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Doi, Minoru Higashiyama, Masatsugu Yokotani, Keiju Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10057400
    Abstract: In various embodiments, different mobile phone apparatuses are provided, comprising: a touchscreen including a backlight; a near field communication interface; at least one non-transitory memory storing instructions; and one or more processors in communication with the touchscreen, the near field communication interface, and the at least one non-transitory memory, wherein the one or more processors execute the instructions to initiate various capabilities and/or functionalities in connection with a lock screen displayed on the touchscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Majen Tech, LLC
    Inventors: George Andrew Gordon, Joseph A Cerrato, Ronald A Johnston, Kevin J Zilka
  • Patent number: 10057085
    Abstract: A method associated with a contactless phone. The method includes sending a balance inquiry response message to a mobile phone. The mobile phone includes a contactless element that is configured to communicate with a contactless reader in a point of sale terminal. The account balance inquiry response message provides an account balance for an account associated with the mobile phone. The mobile phone is operated by a consumer. The method also includes sending a transaction alert message to the mobile phone, where the transaction alert message informs the consumer that a transaction has occurred using the account. The method also includes sending an offer message to the mobile phone, where the offer message provides a benefit to the consumer if the consumer uses the mobile phone to conduct a predetermined transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: VISA U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: Dave Wentker, Erick Wong, Gavin Shenker, Doug Deibert