Specified Transaction Journal Output Feature (e.g., Printed Receipt, Voice Output, Etc.) Patents (Class 705/24)
  • Publication number: 20140156361
    Abstract: The described method combines a transaction receipt and packaging. In this way the problem of having the bag and receipt as separate items is solved. The problem of having a separate receipt for a purchase is solved by printing the receipt on the bag, pizza box, tray liner, or other type of packaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Sean P. Hughes
  • Patent number: 8738452
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium are provided for processing multiple items for retail sale via a single retailer action. Upon scanning a machine-readable marking that is associated with multiple items provided by various vendors, a marking identifier associated with the machine-readable marking is recognized. The marking identifier corresponds with each price of the multiple items. Each price of the multiple items is presented to a consumer for payment that can be disbursed to the appropriate vendors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incorporated
    Inventor: Susan L. Fowler
  • Patent number: 8738539
    Abstract: Virtual account based digital cash protocols employ two pairs of private and public keys. Each public key is certified separately and the protocols do not use any blind signature schemes. As a result, the virtual account based digital cash protocols provide strong protection of the user privacy by using two certified public keys instead of a blind signature. One pair of certified keys consists of one master user private key and one master user public key. A second pair of certified keys consists of one pseudonym user private key and one pseudonym user public key. The use of a master key pair and a pseudonym key pair circumvents the need for blind signatures. As a result, the proposed protocols do not require blind signatures and do not add additional overhead and security requirements necessitated by conventional blind signature schemes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Herz, Mohammad K. Ibrahim
  • Publication number: 20140122276
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for reprinting a paper copy of a receipt at a physical store location. The receipt printing may be based off of an electronic receipt. A customer may provide receipt identification to a returns associate at a POS terminal in a store location. Information may be sent to a server or computer system to request that a receipt be reprinted. The server may then process the request and transmit receipt information to the POS terminal where a paper copy of the receipt is printed for the returns associate. A modified receipt may be printed which includes receipt information for additional transactions. A modified receipt may be printed which includes additional information regarding items on the receipt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Publication number: 20140122274
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for reprinting a paper copy of a receipt at a physical store location and based off of an electronic receipt. The electronic receipt may be viewed on a mobile electronic device with electronic receipts software thereon. A customer may pair their mobile electronic device with a POS terminal in a store location. Information may be sent to a server or computer system to request that a receipt be reprinted. The server may then process the request and transmit receipt information to the POS terminal where a paper copy of the receipt is printed for the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Publication number: 20140122275
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for reprinting a paper copy of a receipt at a physical store location. The receipt printing may be based off of an electronic receipt. A customer may provide receipt identification to a returns associate at a POS terminal in a store location. Information may be sent to a server or computer system to request that a receipt be reprinted. The server may then process the request and transmit receipt information to the POS terminal where a paper copy of the receipt is printed for the returns associate. A modified receipt may be printed which includes receipt information for additional transactions. A modified receipt may be printed which includes additional information regarding items on the receipt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Publication number: 20140122273
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for reprinting a paper copy of a receipt at a physical store location and based off of an electronic receipt. The electronic receipt may be viewed on a mobile electronic device with electronic receipts software thereon. A customer may pair their mobile electronic device with a POS terminal in a store location. Information may be sent to a server or computer system to request that a receipt be reprinted. The server may then process the request and transmit receipt information to the POS terminal where a paper copy of the receipt is printed for the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Publication number: 20140114782
    Abstract: Techniques for retail printing are provided. A handheld device is placed within a configured proximity to a printer and acquires a printer identifier for that printer. The handheld device transmits the identifier and print data opened on the handheld to a printer server service. The printer server service maps the identifier to the printer and forwards the print data to the printer for printing on behalf of the handheld device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: NCR Corporation, Law Dept.
    Inventors: James Asa Cloin, James Lee Fortuna
  • Patent number: 8706290
    Abstract: A method for transporting a set of items includes predetermining a destination point for each item of the set and for each further item which passes through the sorting system, generating for each item a current image of the item from a predetermined viewing direction, determining the predetermined destination point of the item, and initiating a transport of the item to the destination point. The method includes further transmitting a computer-readable description of the set to a data processing system which is connected to the sorting system. The description includes a reference image of the item from the viewing direction. For each item which passes through the sorting system, the method includes automatically deciding by the data processing system whether or not the item belongs to the set, wherein the data processing system compares the generated current image of the item with the reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Zettler
  • Patent number: 8700473
    Abstract: A method of dispensing registration that includes entering identifying information in an input module on a registration dispensing system. The identifying information is associated obtaining a registration. At least item is displayed on a display module associated with the registration dispensing system for which the registration may be obtained using the registration dispensing system. Registration payment information for the registration is received into the input module. The identifying information and the registration payment information are communicated with a database maintained by or on behalf of an entity issuing the registration. Registration information is received from the database. The registration information is formatted. The formatted registration information is printed on a registration document. The registration document is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Lindemann
  • Publication number: 20140100979
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for reducing input performed in a commerce based application is provided. The method includes receiving a sequence of input values from an input device and associating the sequence of input values with an object in the application based on the sequence. A context of the application is determined One or more tasks in the application are automatically performed based on the object, the context and the sequence of input values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ashvin Matthew, Derrick Steven Bazlen, Jeffrey Blucher, Sylvester M. LaBlanc, Andreas Hoffman, Gregg Robert Dingle, Brendan O'Meara
  • Patent number: 8686887
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to near field communication A device may include a current digital-to-analog converter (DAC) configured to convey a current to an antenna in a first near-field communication (NFC) mode and enable for load modulation in a second NFC mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Jafar Savoj
  • Patent number: 8678280
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a code reading apparatus includes an image pickup section, a detecting section, a size recognizing section, and a reading section. The image pickup section picks up an image. The detecting section detects, from the picked-up image, a two-dimensional code obtained by converting information concerning a transaction of a commodity. The size recognizing section recognizes the size of the detected two-dimensional code. The reading section reads the information from the detected two-dimensional code if the recognized size of the two-dimensional code is different from the size of a two-dimensional code recognized immediately before the recognition of the size of the two-dimensional code in the same transaction processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazufumi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8682684
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and computer program products are provided for monitoring compliance in reporting unclaimed property. The method is capable of identifying both potential non-reporters and potential under-reporters. In this regard, potential under-reporters may be identified as a result of a multilevel review that may take into account the recent reporting history, both in terms of frequency and the type and quantity of unclaimed property that has been reported. The potential non-reporters and potential under-reporters may then be further evaluated, such as by means of an audit or other follow up procedure, to insure compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Nancy A. Froude, Stephen J. Galvin, Jeremy D. Katz, Lynden D. Lyman, Kenneth J. Weeks, David P. Whiteside, Vincent P. O'Rorke
  • Publication number: 20140067575
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an exemplary system, method, and computer program product. The exemplary system includes at least one non-transitory memory storing user account information, wherein the information comprises a digital receipt associated with a user purchase and one or more conditions for delivering the digital receipt. The system further includes one or more hardware processors coupled to the at least one memory and operable to read instructions from the at least one memory to perform the steps of: receiving a payment request from a user; receiving at least one condition from the user for delivering a digital receipt associated with the payment request to at least one recipient; determining whether the at least one condition is satisfied; and delivering the digital receipt to the at least one recipient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: eBay, Inc.
    Inventor: Giselle Katrina Nevada
  • Publication number: 20140067576
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a sales processing apparatus includes a first generation unit, a second generation unit, a display control unit and a printer control unit. The first generation unit configured to generate a paper surface image of a valuable instrument visibly including all the right code necessary for exercising the right, the paper surface is relating to the right obtained by customer paying a consideration. The second generation unit configured to generate a preview image invisibly including the right code. The display control unit configured to control a display device to display the preview image. The printer control unit configured to control a printer to print the paper surface image on a printing medium in response to a request for issuing a valuable instrument of the surface representing by the preview image displayed by the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8666906
    Abstract: In a computing system, in response to an order placed by a customer, a request for verification information is received from a merchant. Customer information is communicated to an issuing organization associated with the customer, while the information is withheld from the merchant. The merchant is connected for communication with the issuing organization for verification of information associated with the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Nowka
  • Publication number: 20140058869
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for delivering customer specified receipt types at checkout. A customer specifies receipt delivery preferences at a mobile device (e.g., specifying delivery of a digital receipt and/or a paper receipt at checkout). The mobile device sends the customer's receipt delivery preferences to a receipt preferences database server for storage in a receipt preferences database. During a sales transaction, a point-of-sale (“POS”) system refers to the receipt preferences database (or a relevant portion thereof) to access the customer's receipt delivery preferences. Based on the customer's receipt delivery preferences, the point-of-sale (“POS”) system delivers appropriate types of receipts (e.g. digital and/or paper) to the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Publication number: 20140032344
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for transferring receipt data to a computing device corresponding to a customer. The method may include initiating a transaction at a point-of-sale system. During the transaction, a computer system comprising the point-of-sale system, may identify a computing device corresponding to a customer associated with the transaction. The computer system may collect receipt data documenting at least a portion of the transaction. This receipt data may be incorporated into a push notification. Once the transaction has been completed, the computer system may direct the push notification to the computing device. Accordingly, the computer system may provide the receipt data to the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Publication number: 20140032348
    Abstract: A display system for products and/or services for rent or sale includes a plurality of display devices for displaying information relating to at least one product and/or service. A communication module for receiving information relating to the at least one product and/or service. A controller for controlling the display of the information on at least one of the plurality of display devices. The system may further include a user interface for receiving a product and/or service selection from a user and an output module to output the user's selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Carlo Antoine Van Onselen, Jody Botha, Lofty Oelofse
  • Patent number: 8635112
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for auditing in-store sales transactions when a digital receipt is issued. A receipt application server formulates a digital receipt from digital receipt data received from a POS system. The digital receipt is sent from the receipt application server to an auditor mobile device at the location of the POS system. A human auditor can view the digital receipt during an in-store audit. In some embodiments, one or both of the receipt application server and the auditor mobile device reorder receipt entries so that items having specified characteristics are presented more prominently on a display. For example, receipt entries can be re-ordered such that higher profit margin items, bulkier items, or more likely to be stolen items are presented more prominently. As such, a human auditor is more likely to expressly audit these types of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Publication number: 20140006198
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed for tracking financial transactions at their source, generating transaction records, categorizing and storing the records, and providing services related to the records. Transactions performed between a mobile device and a point-of-sale may automatically generate transaction records including electronic receipts that may be categorized and stored on a database. More traditional transactions such as those involving cash, paper receipts, etc. may be captured via a scanner on the mobile device for inclusion within a transaction record and subsequent categorization and storage. Notifications such as alerts, offers, and recommendations may be provided in real-time or close-in-time to the transaction being performed, thereby enabling services such as budgeting, inventory management, rewards, offers, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicants: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC, AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian Kevin Daly, Qingmin Hu, Karen Mullis, Jamie Toren, Mark Edward Causey
  • Publication number: 20140006197
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer-readable media facilitate consumer reviews of employees that are on duty at the time a receipt is printed. A code is printed on a receipt provided to the consumer where the code includes data representing the employees that are working when the receipt is printed. A review site receives the data encoded on the receipt. The review site retrieves descriptive data (name, picture, position etc.) for the on-duty employees identified by the code on the receipt. The review site presents the descriptive data along with a review user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Li Chen, Henri F. Meli, David M. Stecher, Lin Sun
  • Patent number: 8620775
    Abstract: An arrangement includes a plurality of containers and a processing circuit. Each of the plurality of containers has a microsystem disposed thereon. Each microsystem is configured to sense at least one environmental condition and to sense movement of the corresponding container. The microsystem is configured to communicate information regarding the at least one environmental condition and the movement wirelessly. The processing circuit is operably coupled to receive the information regarding the at least one environmental condition and the movement from each of the microsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ramey Porter, Joseph James Rozsnaki, Osman Ahmed
  • Patent number: 8620755
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for auditing in-store sales transactions when a digital receipt is issued. A receipt application server formulates a digital receipt from digital receipt data received from a POS system. The digital receipt is sent from the receipt application server to an auditor mobile device at the location of the POS system. A human auditor can view the digital receipt during an in-store audit. In some embodiments, one or both of the receipt application server and the auditor mobile device reorder receipt entries so that items having specified characteristics are presented more prominently on a display. For example, receipt entries can be re-ordered such that higher profit margin items, bulkier items, or more likely to be stolen items are presented more prominently. As such, a human auditor is more likely to expressly audit these types of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Argue, Anthony Emile Marcar
  • Patent number: 8615438
    Abstract: A system and method is described for alerting authorities or taking other corrective authoritative action to a possibly fraudulent credit card transaction. A cardholder is notified that a transaction has just taken place and is given an opportunity to indicate that he or she did not authorize the transaction. If so indicated, and depending on how recent the transaction was (e.g. 15 seconds ago) then an alert is automatically sent to the merchant, store security, or local police. In addition, a store camera can be automatically activated to zoom in and record the perpetrator of the fraudulent transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventor: Ayman Hammad
  • Patent number: 8615652
    Abstract: A system and method for providing load balanced secure media content and data delivery (10) in a distributed computing environment is disclosed. Media content is segmented and encrypted into a set of individual encrypted segments on a centralized control center (15). Each individual encrypted segment has the same fixed size. The complete set of individual encrypted segments is staged to a plurality of intermediate control nodes (17, 19). Individual encrypted segments are mirrored from the staged complete set to a plurality of intermediate servers (21a-b, 23a-b). Requests are received from clients (11) for the media content at the centralized control center. Each individual encrypted segment in the set is received from one of an intermediate control node and an intermediate server optimally sited from the requesting client. The individual encrypted segments are reassembled into the media content for media playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventor: Scott D. Redmond
  • Patent number: 8612317
    Abstract: Visually presenting spending behavior, spending patterns, and spending activity to a consumer across of their all receipt based purchase transactions. Receipt data is received at a first or host computer from respective transaction processing devices or host systems of respective merchants, or received from self-service action of the consumer, and identifies respective goods or services purchased by the consumer. A user interface is displayed to the consumer and comprises a thumbnail arrangement of discrete objects, each of which represents respective receipts generated by respective transaction or transaction processing devices. A discrete object may comprise data of one or multiple goods or services and includes category indicators that visually inform the consumer about the type of good or service. Embodiments may also involve requesting receipt data utilizing a mobile communication device, searching receipt data collected by the computer and responding to the request with requested receipt data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Susan A. Harman, Ronald J. Char, Abraham Zafar, Ojas R. Sitapara
  • Publication number: 20130332271
    Abstract: An unattended, automated checkout, computer-controlled automated store outlet and system is disclosed. A customer's identification and payment information are inputted and verified and the customer qualified to remove items from the automated store outlet. Each bay of the automated store outlet is normally locked, and after the customer accesses the bay can remove one or more items from the bay, which are automatically detected and identified and charged to the customer as part of the purchase transaction. These events occur at the location of each automated store outlet. Each automated store outlet communicates with a central control center, which can be used for live customer service and real time surveillance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Ronny Hay
  • Patent number: 8595075
    Abstract: A biotransaction system. In an example embodiment, the biotransaction system includes a bio scanner that provides a first signal as output; a first device at a first location; and machine-readable instructions adapted to trigger transfer of data from a second location to a third location in response to receipt of the first signal by the first device. In a more specific example embodiment, the first location and the third location represent similar geographic locations. The first device is included in the bio scanner. The second device is positioned at the second location. A third device is positioned at the third location. The machine-readable instructions are adapted to facilitate transfer of the data from the second device to the third device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Robert F. de Sylva
  • Patent number: 8589257
    Abstract: According to embodiments described in the specification, a method, system and apparatus for managing inventory are provided. The method comprises storing at least one job record in a memory, the at least one job record comprising a first of a plurality of job identifiers and at least a first subcomponent identifier; receiving a transaction record comprising a second subcomponent identifier; and storing the transaction record in the memory in association with one of the plurality of job identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Nulogy Corporation
    Inventors: Sean Kirby, Jason Yuen, Kevin Wong, Ian Bailey
  • Publication number: 20130275248
    Abstract: A POS register includes a printer that prints receipt information including a content of a payment by a user onto a sheet; a touch panel that displays a button for selecting whether printing of the receipt information is necessary; an input unit that enables the user to input a transmission destination address to which the receipt information is to be transmitted via a computer network; and an output unit that transmits the receipt information to the transmission destination address if the transmission destination address has been inputted when it is selected whether printing of the receipt information is necessary using the button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: NALTEC, INC.
    Inventor: Tomofumi Miyashige
  • Patent number: 8548860
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a computer-based system that provides a method for real time data storage and retrieval for the purpose of verifying and validating sales transactions and product return/warranty repair eligibility. An electronic product registration system is provided which stores information on purchased products and which enables a retail store or the like to verify compliance with return policies prior to accepting a product for return or replacement, thereby reducing improper or fraudulent product returns under warranty, while also providing related functionality to third parties such as law enforcement agencies and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Junger
  • Patent number: 8540154
    Abstract: A method for registering an electronic device includes receiving a transaction code and purchaser information associated with a purchase of an electronic device. While the transaction code is associated with the purchase of the electronic device, it does not uniquely identify the electronic device purchased. The method also includes receiving from the electronic device the transaction code and a device identifier that uniquely identifies the electronic device. The device is registered by associating the purchaser information and the device identifier via the transaction code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Scenera Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Theodosios Thomas
  • Patent number: 8534551
    Abstract: A system and method for providing digital receipts for purchase transactions are provided. The method includes the steps receiving information for a first credit card account for executing a transaction; retrieving a first customer record from a database using information from the first credit card account; charging an amount of the transaction to the first credit card account; and transmitting a receipt to a predetermined location of the customer. The predetermined location may be an e-mail address of the customer or a server residing on the network. By receiving digital receipts, a customer or end-user will be able to digitally store these receipts and view or print the receipts out when necessary. Furthermore, the customer will be able to manage the receipts with conventional software packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Clayco Research Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 8510170
    Abstract: A point of sale (POS) system includes primary and auxiliary printers powered by a shared power supply. A POS terminal includes the shared power supply, a user interface, and a host including a printer driver for dynamically generating primary print commands. A printer connection card connected to the POS terminal includes a Universal Serial Bus (USB) hub in communication with the host and having at least one USB connector powered by the shared power supply. The primary printer is connected to the USB hub for receiving power and the primary print commands through the USB hub from the POS terminal. An auxiliary printer has a power-only connection to the printer connection card, receiving independently generated auxiliary print commands from a separate host computer. A controller includes control logic for selectively blocking the primary print commands to the primary printer in response to the signal drawn by the auxiliary printer exceeding a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: John D. Landers, Jr., David J. Steiner, Paul M. Wilson, Kimberly A. Wood
  • Patent number: 8510162
    Abstract: The present invention relates to translating loyalty requests between loyalty clients and loyalty hosts. For example, one embodiment of the present invention provides a method for translating point-of-sale loyalty requests by using a loyalty request to create a translated loyalty request that is compatible with a loyalty host and by using the loyalty response to create a translated loyalty response that is compatible with the loyalty client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Radiant Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Dobelstein, Ernesto Priego, Honza Fedak, Arun Sharma, Mike Jones, Rob Parker
  • Patent number: 8510661
    Abstract: Targeted advertisements with associated dynamic content for response and feedback embedded into the ad's header are delivered to mobile viewing devices. The mobile viewing device records a user's response to advertisements and reports it back to an ad serving platform. The ad serving platform generates user profiles that incorporate the response data. Ads are further targeted to the user according to the user's profile data to maximize the impact of the ads. The user can select the preferred format for providing advertisement feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Goldspot Media
    Inventors: Srinivasa Dharmaji, Xin Feng
  • Patent number: 8489461
    Abstract: The exemplary embodiments described herein relate to the field of electronic registration (ER) of purchased products and, more particularly, to an improved electronic registration system that enables unique item-level tracking from an initial point-of-sale (POS) transaction involving a post-paid service/subscription and related device or product, to any cancellations in service and returns to the store or service provider. Certain exemplary embodiments thus advantageously “close the gap” between retailers and service providers, e.g., in connection with subscriptions/post-paid service agreements and related devices or products. In certain exemplary embodiments, an “interest” may be taken and charged in the event that the customer does not return the device when or after an associated service has been cancelled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventor: Maridee Joy Maraz
  • Publication number: 20130179282
    Abstract: In general, the present invention is directed to systems and methods of providing disclosures or information associated with goods or services. Methods in accordance with some embodiments of the present invention may include receiving at a processor an indicia associated with the transaction; determining by the processor disclosures or information based on the indicia; providing the one or more disclosures or information to the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: STEVEN LEUCK
  • Patent number: 8469268
    Abstract: A system and method for disputing individual items that are the subject of a transaction includes storing, in a database, a record of a transaction in which a plurality of goods or services were sold to an individual that owns a transaction card through which access to monetary funds may be obtained, so that the transaction is identified by a transaction identifier. Also, information identifying each good or service that is a subject of the transaction is associated with said transaction identifier. A cost associated with one of the goods or services associated with the transaction identifier is disputed, without subjecting costs of all goods or services that are associated with said transaction identifier to dispute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Serve Virtual Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason J. Hogg, Patrick Graf
  • Patent number: 8468059
    Abstract: A storage cabinet for at least one of refrigerated and frozen goods for sale through that the cabinet door opens via entering of a door opening code in a payment terminal with scanning equipment for reading of codes which identify said goods. The goods which are purchased by lifting them out of the cabinet are scanned with the scanning equipment and are debited to a purchasing account associated with the door opening code. The cabinet is locked when the cabinet door closes. Further the cabinet rests on a weighing device. If a predetermined difference between the scanned goods' weight and the cabinet's weight occurs, the weight difference is registered in a transaction data file associated with the door opening code, wherein loss of goods is registered on a known purchasing account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Anders Enqvist
  • Publication number: 20130151344
    Abstract: Electronic receipts arising from transactions processed at a card transaction processing system are captured and stored at the processing system for subsequent access by merchants and cardholders. Advertisements and promotional offers may be placed on the electronic receipts for viewing by a cardholder when the receipts are accessed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: FIRST DATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Silvio Tavares, Mark D. Baumgart, Javier M. Alvarado
  • Publication number: 20130151355
    Abstract: A method of fulfilling an order may include receiving identifying information associated with a user, receiving delivery information, displaying one or more cuisine types available for ordering, receiving a selection of one of the one or more cuisine types, displaying one or more food types associated with the selected cuisine type and receiving a selection of one of the one or more food types. The method may include displaying one or more items associated with the selected food type, receiving a selection of one of the one or more items, receiving a selection of a payment method from a user and receiving payment from the user. The method may include transmitting information associated with an order to an order receiving device, and printing, by the order placement device, a receipt associated with the order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: IDINING, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Abromovitz, Jordan Abromovitz
  • Patent number: 8463651
    Abstract: There are provided a system, a method and a computer program product for tracking an inventory distribution of a perishable product in a supply chain. The system receives shipment data and point of sale data for the product from every location in the supply chain. The system creates, based on the obtained shipment data and the point of sale data, a network graph that represents a flow of the product in the supply chain. The system identifies an age of unsold inventory of the product at each node of the graph based on the created graph. The system provides a notification to a user at each location that informs the age of the unsold inventory of the product at that location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel P. Connors, Markus R. Ettl, Mary E. Helander, Shubir Kapoor, Stuart A. Siegel
  • Patent number: 8463674
    Abstract: A system and method for distributing mobile gift cards is described. One embodiment, a computer-server-based method, receives a selection of a merchant with which to associate a mobile gift card, receives an indication of a monetary amount for the mobile gift card, receives an electronic payment for the monetary amount, applies the monetary amount to the mobile gift card, associates the mobile gift card with a recipient's phone number, and transmits a notification of the mobile gift card to a mobile device associated with the recipient's phone number, the computer server acting as a server-side wallet for the mobile gift card, the mobile gift card being usable, through interaction with the computer server, by the recipient for the purchase of goods from the merchant associated with the mobile gift card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Mocapay, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas J. Hurst
  • Patent number: 8438063
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for mobile payment using picture messaging to deliver an image with an encoded payment key. A mobile device equipped with at least a display and an input is used to connect to a server on the mobile network. Upon authentication of a user of the mobile device, the server generates the payment key, encodes the key in an image, such as a bar code, and transmits the image to the mobile device. The user holds the display of the mobile device up to an optical scanner at a POS terminal. Logic on the POS terminal extracts the payment key from the image, and uses the payment key to bill the user. The POS terminal transmits the bill with the payment key to the server on the network. The server ensures that the key is active, and debits an account for the user based on the amount presented in the bill. The key is de-activated after a specified time period or one use, whichever occurs first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Luis F. Albisu
  • Publication number: 20130110659
    Abstract: A method including receiving a query request for a registration status of a payment account number (PAN) with an electronic receipt service; determining, in reply to the query request, whether the PAN is registered with the electronic receipt service; determining an electronic receipt handling option associated with the PAN; and sending a response including at least an electronic receipt destination address, the electronic receipt destination address being an address to which an electronic receipt associated with the PAN of the query request is to be sent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Simon Phillips, James L. Anderson, Oran Cummins
  • Patent number: 8433614
    Abstract: An electronic registration system which facilitates authorized product returns and reduces the incidence of improper returns. A retailer sales associate is prompted to enter individual product identification information such as an individual serial number. This individual product identification information is then stored in a data base along with the date on which the product was sold and an appropriate UPC code, SKU number or manufacturer code. A check digit algorithm may be used to verify the serial number prior to storage. A sales receipt may be imprinted with at least the date of the transaction and the serial number. When a product is returned, the retailer may cross-reference the serial number on the product with that on the receipt to verify the sales receipt. Otherwise, the database may be searched for pertinent sales information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Michael Rogers, Peter Joseph Junger
  • Patent number: 8429086
    Abstract: A system for improving transaction security based on location information. The system includes a transaction processing center in communication with a first transaction device and a second transaction device. The transaction processing center includes a receiver that receives respective identification and location from at least one of the first and second transaction devices. The transaction processing center also includes a transaction processor that validates the identifications, validates the locations, and executes a transaction between the first and second transaction devices when the identifications and locations are validated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: CSR Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Babitch, Lionel Garin