Electronic Shopping Patents (Class 705/26.1)
  • Patent number: 10204225
    Abstract: A system and method are described to automatically assess description-to-permission fidelity of applications. The system and method can employ techniques in natural language processing and a learning-based algorithm to relate description with permissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Yan Chen, Zhengyang Qu, Vaibhav Rastogi
  • Patent number: 10203845
    Abstract: Architectures and techniques are provided to control the rendering of supplemental content associated with electronic books. For example, electronic books may be associated with content that is in addition to the content originally provided to an individual acquiring the electronic book, such as annotations, social networking site information, media outlet information, and the like. Individuals may control the supplemental electronic book content that is rendered via their client devices via actuation of a physical input device or a representation of an input device shown via a touch sensitive display. The amount of supplemental content that is rendered may correspond to information associated with a specified number of categories of supplemental electronic book content based on a supplemental content rendering level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehal H. Shah
  • Patent number: 10204366
    Abstract: Apparatus, article of manufacture and method for designing a jewelry setting that comprise displaying on a display a plurality of components. Each component corresponds to a section of a jewelry setting. A selection of at least one component that corresponds to a first section of the jewelry setting is received. An electronic template of the jewelry setting is generated. The electronic image comprises the at least one selected component. The electronic template is transmitted to a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC COMMODITIES EXCHANGE
    Inventors: Brian Watkins, Alex Berg, Moshe Klein, Joel Klein, Simon Tam, Christopher Thomas
  • Patent number: 10198736
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for gifting and personalizing a digital media item, particularly an electronic book. A system is described that includes personalizing a digital media item that is to be gifted from a first person to one or more people. The digital media item can be personalized using a segment of the digital media item that the first person associated with the second person. Depending on the second person's response, the gift can be accepted, rejected, or re-gifted. News of the second person's response can be automatically transmitted to a plurality of social networking services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Casey Maureen Dougherty, Melissa Breglio Hajj
  • Patent number: 10200386
    Abstract: Systems and methods for efficient downloading and rendering of a web page on a network connected processing device are provided. A per-page manifest specifies a list of blocked resources specific to the web page is provided. When a page is requested by the network connected processing device, blocked resources defined in the manifest are not retrieved via the network and hence not rendered by the processing device. Manifests are defined on a per-page basis. In one embodiment, manifests are created or retrieved with each request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aravind Seshadri, Patrick Plaisted
  • Patent number: 10198723
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for facilitating a payment transaction wherein a cardholder purchases an item from a merchant on behalf of a buyer is provided. The method includes receiving proposal data from a buyer computing device, wherein the proposal data includes at least one of an identification of an item proposed for purchase, a particular merchant, and a merchant purchase price. The method also includes receiving a selection message from the buyer computing device, wherein the selection message indicates a selected cardholder chosen to purchase the item on behalf of a buyer using a merchant payment card associated with the particular merchant. The method also includes reserving, by the computing device, at least the merchant purchase price and a cardholder processing fee associated with the merchant payment card in a buyer account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Prashant Sharma, Joshua Joseph Baron, Deepankar Bhagat
  • Patent number: 10200413
    Abstract: Selective regulation of information transmission from mobile applications to a third-party privacy compliant target system. A privacy policy is configured for and mapped to each of a multiplicity of mobile application concerns, with each privacy policy comprising rules regulating the transmission of information to a third-party privacy compliant target system. Instrumentation instructions can be integrated with a mobile application and provided to a mobile device. The instrumentation instructions direct the mobile application to submit a privacy policy request comprising a mobile application identifier from the mobile device to a third-party privacy compliance system and enable sending information from the mobile device to the third-party privacy compliant target system, subject to the privacy policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Quantcast Corporation
    Inventors: Crispin Edward Harold Flowerday, Michael F. Kamprath, Faraaz Aejaz Sareshwala, Daniel Vogel Fernandez de Castro
  • Patent number: 10192274
    Abstract: A method and device for providing dynamically determined gift creation and dissemination in an online environment, including: receiving a gifting request from a first user for dynamically creating and disseminating one or more gifts to one or more recipients in the online environment, wherein the gifting request includes one or more gifting constraints that un-deterministically specify at least one of (1) a respective identity for at least one recipient and (2) a respective gift value for at least one gift; and dynamically creating and disseminating at least one gift in accordance with the one or more gifting constraints, including at least one of: dynamically selecting a respective gift value for at least one gifts in accordance with the one or more gifting constraints; and dynamically determining a respective identity for at least one recipient for at least one gift in accordance with the one or more gifting constraints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yi Wu, Chen Gong, Yongxin He, Yaya Liu, Chi Zhang, Shangyan Chen, Wei Zou, Jun Liang, Chaojun Chen, Jieping Chen, Dongdong Xie, Jiaxi Xu
  • Patent number: 10192237
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems for incorporating user generated content into a web page are disclosed. In particular, embodiments of such systems and methods may incorporate user generated content into a web page such that the user generated content can be consumed by indexers associated with search engines in association with that web page. Additionally, embodiments may also provide a mechanism by which user generated content may be received and included in a web page when that web page is rendered. Using embodiments as disclosed herein user generated content may be exposed to a search engine indexer in a web page while still providing a mechanism for incorporating the freshest user generated content in such a web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bazaarvoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lee DeHaven, Brent Hayden Thomas, Robert J. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10185754
    Abstract: Methods and systems for discerning human intent based on user-generated metadata are provided. Communications from a plurality of social networks are evaluated to determine whether they are associated with contexts indicative of user intent. When a social network communication is determined to be associated with such a context, a tag may be generated associating the social network communication with the indicated human intent. In addition, information regarding the social network communication may be exported to an application responsible for responsive action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: VOCUS NM LLC
    Inventors: Vishal Harshvardhan Sankhla, Rajeev Anand Kadam
  • Patent number: 10185980
    Abstract: Techniques for computing a feature based on variables may be provided. For example, historical realizations associated with a first variable may be accessed. The first variable may be associated with an item. Realizations of the first variable may be based on one or more factors associated with the item. Historical realization of a second variable associated with the item may also be accessed. The historical realizations of the first and second variables may be analyzed to generate an expected realization of the first variable as a function of the second variable. The feature may be computed based on the generated function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jingchen Wu, Zhihao Cen, Jingqiao Zhang, Jeffrey B. Maurer, Deepak Bhatia, Ali Sadighian
  • Patent number: 10185985
    Abstract: A user registers with a reverse procurement service. The user then searches an electronic marketplace, which is external to a remote procurement service and, subsequently, selects various items to be placed in a shopping cart or project. Upon checkout, the items are submitted for approval to the remote procurement service which is external to the reverse procurement service. The remote procurement service obtains approval and sends payment information to the reverse procurement service. Upon receive of payment information, the reverse procurement service then initiates a process for providing the approved items to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: SaiPrasad Kapila, Musachy Barroso, Kristy Ann Caster, Ernesto Gonzalez, Max Lee Kanter
  • Patent number: 10187331
    Abstract: Automated reply messages such as “out-of-office” messages or “away” messages are messages that have been programmed for delivery on behalf of a user upon the receipt of another message intended for the user. An automated reply message typically includes relevant information regarding the user, such as supplemental contact information for the user, a duration of his or her unavailability, and an agent or other contact who may be reached on his or her behalf while he or she is unavailable. The information contained therein may be harvested and utilized for any means, including to protect the user against fraudulent attempted actions on his or her behalf that are not authorized by the user or an agent identified in the reply message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Alan Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10181133
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems for incorporating user generated content into a web page are disclosed. In particular, embodiments of such systems and methods may incorporate user generated content into a web page such that the user generated content can be consumed by indexers associated with search engines in association with that web page. Additionally, embodiments may also provide a mechanism by which user generated content may be received and included in a web page when that web page is rendered. Using embodiments as disclosed herein user generated content may be exposed to a search engine indexer in a web page while still providing a mechanism for incorporating the freshest user generated content in such a web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Bazaarvoice, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lee DeHaven, Brent Hayden Thomas, Robert J. Morgan
  • Patent number: 10181160
    Abstract: Methods and systems for assigning damage to a property to causes of loss are provided. A smart home controller and/or an insurance provider remote processor (or server) may generate a time sequence of events for damage associated with an insure-related event. The time-sequence of events may be analyzed to identify causes of loss associated with damage to the property. The smart home controller or insurance provider remote processor may further analyze the time-sequence of event to determine a portion of the overall damage associated with each cause of loss. Subsequently, according to certain aspects, the smart home controller or insurance provider remote processor may automatically generate a prepopulated insurance claim for damage associated with the insurance-related event, and/or transmit the automatically prepared insurance claim to an insured for their review, approval, and/or modification, such as via wireless communication to a mobile device associated with the insured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Daryoush Hakimi-Boushehri, Jackie O. Jordan, II, Shawn M. Call, John H. Weekes, Ronny S. Bryant, Jennifer Criswell, Todd Binion, Elisabeth McDermeit, John Donovan
  • Patent number: 10176515
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for virtual online jewelry sales in secondary markets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC COMMODITIES EXCHANGE, L.P.
    Inventors: Howard Lutnick, Simon Tam, Brian Watkins, Moshe Klein, Joel Klein, Alex Berg
  • Patent number: 10176477
    Abstract: A method and system of transferring value from a payer participant of a first online community website to a payee participant of a second online community website through a payment account translation system is provided. The method includes initiating a first payment request, validating that the payer and payee are registered participants of the online community, translating the payer alias into a payer pseudo-account number using business rules and community participant profiles associated with the community website from which the payment request is made, and mapping the payer pseudo-account number to a respective funding/repository account primary account number (PAN). The method further includes transmitting the PANs and a validation code to a payments network for processing through the payments network and approving the transfer of value from the payer to the payee such that the PAN of the payer is unknown to the community website.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Patrick L. Killian, Sandeep Malhotra
  • Patent number: 10169769
    Abstract: Techniques and arrangements for determining a recommended number gift cards for a merchant to order and for determining values for the merchant to associate with those gift cards, based, in part, on comparing a business profile generated for the merchant with collected business profiles. The business profiles may include geographical locations of the merchants, a class of items offered by the merchants, and transactional information for the merchants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Square, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Lang Mocko
  • Patent number: 10169800
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for organizing structured item in an e-commerce system are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Yingwei Xin
  • Patent number: 10168168
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for managing a fleet of ridesharing vehicles. In one implementation, the system may include a communications interface and at least one processor configured to: identify a first ridesharing vehicle and a second ridesharing vehicle currently without passengers; receive a first request from a first user; receive a second request from a second user; assign the first and second users to the first vehicle; generate a route for picking up and dropping off the first and second users; receive a third request from a third user; calculate a first arrival time of the first vehicle and a second arrival time of the second vehicle at the third pick-up location; when both the first arrival time and the second arrival time are below a predetermined threshold, assign the third user to the first vehicle; and generate an updated route to pick-up the third user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Via Transportation, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaron Rakah, Oren Shoval, Daniel Ramot, Shmulik Marcovitch, Udi Eylat
  • Patent number: 10169801
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method to provide status indictors on an image galley is disclosed. At least one item to be displayed in an image gallery on a client device is identified. Once identified, status information for the item is obtained. Subsequently, gallery rendering and display instructions are generated and transmitted to the client device. The rendering and display instructions include the status information and enables generation of status indicators from the status information for display over the image gallery at the client device. The rendering and display instructions may also include instructions for displaying the image gallery. The status information at the client device may be updated as status information changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Melcher, Dane Howard
  • Patent number: 10157231
    Abstract: The disclosure herein provides systems, methods, and devices for identifying and presenting identifications of significant attributes of unique items. A significant attributes system for identifying and presenting identifications of significant attributes of unique items comprises an item analysis engine, at least one driver models database, and a model building engine, wherein the item analysis engine comprises an item description receiver and one or more driver calculators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: VAST.COM, INC.
    Inventors: David Wayne Franke, Thomas Wyatt Wilbur
  • Patent number: 10157398
    Abstract: The systems and methods of the disclosure allow user from various countries to take advantage of offers when they are traveling internationally. Once the purchase associated with the offer is made, the transaction information may be processed by the system, such that, the credit and debit associated with the purchase are transmitted to the transaction account and the merchant. The transaction information may be further processed to determine whether the particular transaction is eligible for a reward. Where the transaction is eligible for a reward, the credit and debit associated with reward are transmitted to the transaction account and the sponsoring entity. The reward may be provided in any suitable currency or in various currencies based on the parameters governing the reward offer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL RELATED SERVICES COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Sripriya Tiku, Peter Tully, David Wolf
  • Patent number: 10147143
    Abstract: In a computer-implemented method of roofing material identification, image data corresponding to one or more images of roofing materials may be received. The image data may be processed to determine pertinent characteristics of the roofing materials. The determined characteristics and a characteristics database storing data indicative of associations between a plurality of roofing material products and characteristics of the plurality of roofing material products, may be used to identify a roofing material product associated with the pertinent characteristics. An indication of the identified roofing material product may be provided (e.g., to facilitate claim processing).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Douglas L. Dewey, Rosemarie Geier Grant, Joshua M. Mast, Taryn M. Madey, Sharon Gibson
  • Patent number: 10146191
    Abstract: A system is provided for controlling a first switch terminal of a building occupied by one or more building occupants. The system includes a plurality of switch terminals at the building. A first computer system is coupled to the first switch terminal or equivalent of the building at a first location of the building. The first computer system runs on at least one platform. A first plurality of sensors is coupled to the first switch terminal and the first computer system. At least a portion of the sensors provide signal data to the first computer system. The first computer system produces a command or data output that relates to at least one of: a command output for a local control system, a command output for a different system, a data output for a different system, a command output for a non-local device or a data output that is a non-local device. A second switch terminal includes a second plurality of sensors coupled to a second computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Edison Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin Billings
  • Patent number: 10147151
    Abstract: An ownership interest in copies of physical artifacts is acquired from a set of owners. Each physical artifact contains a copyrighted work. The acquired ownership interest in the copyrighted work is transferred from at least a subset of the physical artifacts into a corresponding subset of digital content media items. The acquired ownership interest in the copyrighted works is leveraged to permit a set of consumers to access and utilize the subset of digital content media items. One or more computing devices execute a set of one or more functions to ensure a quantity of the consumers permitted to concurrently access digitized content of the digital content media items never exceeds a quantity of the acquired ownership interests acquired from the physical artifacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Brian K. Buchheit
  • Patent number: 10147096
    Abstract: A diagnostic device may enable the retrieval of user device information and an eligibility status of a user device for a device return, a device upgrade, or a device exchange. The diagnostic device may receive the user device information of the user device via a wired or wireless communication interface. The diagnostic device may send the user device information to a server associated with a wireless carrier network. In turn, the server associated with the wireless carrier network may use the user device information to determine an eligibility status of the user device for a device return, a device exchange, or a device upgrade. Subsequently, the diagnostic device may receive a unique code generated by the wireless carrier network, in which the unique code is associated with the user device information of the user device. The diagnostic device then presents the unique code on a display of the diagnostic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Michael Soini, Calum Jonathan Frances Lawler
  • Patent number: 10137567
    Abstract: A robot includes a camera for detecting image data in an area, a memory for storing an object location of objects, an input device for receiving user input, and a robot controller. The robot controller can determine that an object is a desired object to track based on user input or previously detected image data indicating that the desired object has been previously manipulated. The robot controller can also determine an identifier of the desired object based on at least one of a comparison of the image data to a database of objects and identifiers or an identifier received via the input device. The robot controller can also determine a current location of the desired object based on the image data and update the object location of the desired object to include the current location of the desired object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Tiffany Chen
  • Patent number: 10138717
    Abstract: A first set of input features related to wells and a set of output characteristics related to the wells may be obtained. For each of a plurality of operational wells, input factor values for the input features of the respective operational wells and output characteristic values for the output characteristics of the respective operational wells may also be obtained. At least some of the input factor values and output characteristic values may be compared. Based on the comparison, a second set of input features that influence the output characteristics may be determined. The second set may be a subset of the first set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Novi Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Jon Ludwig
  • Patent number: 10140800
    Abstract: During a device programming technique, a merchant provides account information associated with a smart-card terminal to a portable electronic device (such as a cellular telephone), which is coupled to the smart-card terminal. In response, the portable electronic device provides the account information to a computer remotely located relative to the portable electronic device. Then, the computer provides a merchant identifier and a terminal identifier to the portable electronic device. Next, the portable electronic device provides the merchant identifier and the terminal identifier to the smart-card terminal, thereby facilitating programming of the smart-card terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Fasoli, Yogish Pai, Maksim L. Rokhline, Jugdip S. Bath
  • Patent number: 10140632
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of performing location-based book identification. For example, book(s) may be identified that discuss a location that is within a designated proximity to a mobile device. In accordance with this example, information regarding the book(s) may be provided for consumption by a user at the mobile device. For instance, the information may be displayed on the mobile device in response to the mobile device coming within the designated proximity to the location. The information may include an excerpt of at least one of the book(s), an indication of other location(s) that are discussed by at least one of the book(s), an offer to purchase at least one of the book(s), etc. The user may share the information through social media, interact with other readers and/or the author via a social network, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Squirl, Inc.
    Inventors: Serie L. Wolfe, Jef Van der Avoort
  • Patent number: 10140655
    Abstract: A system, methods, and apparatus for performing used automobile transactions are disclosed. In an example embodiment, automobile market data representative of current automobile market characteristics is stored. The automobile market data may include pricing and consumer interest information received from consumers, dealers, and manufacturers. A consumer seller or manufacturer off-lease seller may provide a request for a response regarding a specific used automobile with a specific a vehicle identification number. Automobile market data may be provided to a used automobile buyer based on the request. Bids to purchase the specific used automobile may be requested from used automobile buyers based on the request. Buyer bids may be provided to the consumer seller or manufacturer off-lease seller with prices and a delivery options. The consumer seller or manufacturer off-lease seller may select a bid to sell the specific used automobile based on the bid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: SIDEKICK TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Seergy, Benjamin N. S. Brown
  • Patent number: 10134066
    Abstract: A personalized delivery estimate system is described. A commercial transaction is generated between a seller and a buyer for an item in an online marketplace. Historical transactions of buyers and sellers in the online marketplace are stored in a storage device. A personalized delivery time estimate is computed for the buyer of the commercial transaction using seller information, buyer information, and item information with the historical transactions of buyers and sellers in the online marketplace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Gurushyam Hariharan, Faisal Masud, Prakash Muppirala, Raj Desai
  • Patent number: 10135789
    Abstract: In one aspect, a computerized system useful for implementing a virtual private network (VPN) including an edge device that automatically establishes an Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) tunnel alongside an unsecure Multipath Protocol (MP) tunnel with a gateway device in preparation for a transmission of a secure traffic communication. The edge device has a list of local subnets. The edge device sends the list of local subnets to the gateway during an initial MP tunnel establishment handshake message exchange between the edge device and the gateway device. Each subnet includes an indication of whether the subnet is reachable over the VPN. A gateway device that automatically establishes the IPsec tunnel alongside the unsecure MP tunnel with the edge device. An enterprise datacenter server that comprises an orchestrator module that receives a toggle the VPN command and enables the VPN on the orchestrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: NICIRA, INC.
    Inventors: Ajit Ramachandra Mayya, Parag Pritam Thakore, Stephen Craig Connors, Steven Michael Woo, Sunil Mukundan, Thomas Harold Speeter
  • Patent number: 10127576
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating electronic commerce over a network, according to one or more embodiments, includes communicating with a user via a user device and a business entity via a business entity device over the network, monitoring user navigation events over the network, determining a mood of the user based on user navigation behavior, marketing to the user based on the mood of the user, and storing user information related to the user navigation events and the mood of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Upendra Mardikar
  • Patent number: 10127311
    Abstract: A method for providing personalized content sharing is disclosed. The method includes: receiving, by a processing device from a first computing device of a first user, a request pertaining to a video; determining affinity scores corresponding to a first plurality of other users that are contacts of the first user, the determining based on affinities of the first plurality of other users for the video; and providing, to the first computing device, a prompt to the first user to share the video with at least one second user of the first plurality of other users, the at least one second user determined based on the affinity scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Ruxandra Georgiana Davies
  • Patent number: 10127505
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the instant invention includes a computer system, having at least one processor for executing the computer executable program code stored in memory, where the program code includes: code to provide a benefit to subscribers of a subscription entity, where the benefit includes uncovered information about unclaimed asset, available asset, claim, and/or entitlement for subscribers and where the uncovered information is obtained by employing: code to store, in a subscriber database, records containing personal data of subscribers; code to search a repository database based on a portion of subscribers' personal data to uncover for at least one subscriber at least one of: i) unclaimed asset, ii) available asset, iii) claim, and iv) entitlement; code to receive the uncovered information for subscribers; and code to alert subscribers to the uncovered information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Hashim Investments, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Hashim
  • Patent number: 10127589
    Abstract: Systems and methods change a user interface for the purpose of guiding a user in supplementing a product listing with an image to evidence the product's authenticity. Example embodiments include a machine-implemented method for accessing at least one database to retrieve an authenticity criterion mapped to a product and at least one reference image that depicts adequate detail of a product specimen to fulfill the authenticity criterion. The machine can further cause a user device to display the reference image to the user along with a suggestion that the user submit a candidate image depicting similar detail of the product. In some example embodiments, the method further includes retrieving the candidate image, confirming receipt of the candidate image, and displaying the candidate image, as well as adjusting a rank for a candidate specimen based on various factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Ratish Madhavan Nair
  • Patent number: 10121187
    Abstract: Techniques for generating and updating a video may be provided. For example, a video may be used in association with providing information about an item. Based on user interactions related to how users may view the video and decisions of users to order the item, the video may be updated. Updating the video may include rearranging segments of the video, modifying a length of a particular segment, or editing content of the particular segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Krishna Kiran Gangadharan Nair
  • Patent number: 10122727
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a social networking behavior-based identity system that employs social networking data that a user has elected to share through an opt-in procedure. First social networking data is stored in association with a user identity. An assertion of the user identity is received from a client after the first social networking data is stored. Second social networking data is received in response to receiving the assertion of the user identity. An identity confidence level as to whether the user identity belongs to a user at the client is generated based at least in part on a comparison of the second social networking data with the first social networking data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesper Mikael Johansson, George Nikolaos Stathakopoulos, Darren Ernest Canavor
  • Patent number: 10123090
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising receiving a video comprising audio data and image data, processing the audio data to identify a first concept in a speech captured in the audio data at a first point in time of the video, identifying a first supplemental image based on the first concept, wherein the first supplemental image visually conveys the concept, and responsive to receiving an indication to play the video, outputting the first supplemental image proximate to the first point in time of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Francis S. Arokiaraj, Senthil K. Venkatesan
  • Patent number: 10121281
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for visualizing an object includes the steps of providing a simulated environment; rendering, with at least one processor, at least one virtual object based at least partially on the simulated environment, a viewable angle of the at least one virtual object, and object characteristics associated with the at least one virtual object, the object characteristics comprising at least one of the following: reflectance, transmittance, attenuation, or any combination thereof; and changing a viewable angle of the at least one virtual object in response to user input. A system and a computer program product for implementing the aforementioned method includes appropriately communicatively connected hardware components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Matjasko, Frank J. Triggiani, Srinivasa G. Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 10119814
    Abstract: A system for recommending a size of a wearable item implements a method that includes identifying a reference wearable item and a size for the reference wearable item. The system accesses a wearable item database and retrieves a three-dimensional model of the reference wearable item. The system also receives, via a user interface, a functional requirement. The system accesses the wearable item database and identifies set of candidate objects, each of which satisfies the functional requirement. Based on the size of the reference wearable item, the system will determine a size for each of the candidate objects. The system will select at least one of the plurality of candidate objects as a recommended object and presents each recommended object and the size of each recommended object to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Tyler Wilkinson, Grant B. Fresen, Nicholas B. End, Erich Wolodzko
  • Patent number: 10115139
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for facilitating collaborative shopping. Notifications may be sent to remote devices in response to a shopper's device entering a store or within a given proximity to a store. Notifications may invoke or include an interface to add items to a shared shopping list. Notifications from the shopper's device may be sent in advance of a user entering a store to alert friends and family to add items to the shared shopping list. A remote device may be used to authorize and instruct the shopper's device to pick up items that have been previously purchased either automatically or in response to an input from a user of the remote device. Authorization to pick up the previously-purchased item may be transmitted to one or both of a merchant and the shopper's device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Ray High, Eric Eugene Welch, Michael Atchley
  • Patent number: 10114670
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for implementation of back-end system for providing point-of-use toolkits. The apparatus may receive an assignment of work tasks assigned to a technician for manufacture of a tangible product. In response, the apparatus may compile a point-of-use toolkit including comprehensive information regarding the work tasks, and transmit the point-of-use toolkit to a front-end system associated with the technician. The apparatus may determine an occurrence of a delay associated with the schedule that impacts the assignment of the one or more work tasks, and transmit information associated with the delay to the manufacturing scheduling system. In response to receiving an update to the assignment of the tasks from the manufacturing scheduling system, the apparatus may compile an update of the point-of-use toolkit, and transmit the update of the point-of-use toolkit to the front-end system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John William Glatfelter, Brian Dale Laughlin, Brian A. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 10114824
    Abstract: Techniques described herein may be used to improve recommendations that are provided to a user regarding content (e.g., images, music, and videos). A content recommendations server may provide a user with recommended content and the reasons for which the content is being recommended, such as genres, directors, and actors that the content recommendations server believes the user enjoys. The user may provide feedback to the content recommendations server regarding the recommendations themselves and also regarding the reasons for which the content was recommended. The content recommendations server may use the feedback to improve subsequent recommendations to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Haripriya Srinivasaraghavan
  • Patent number: 10116739
    Abstract: A method is developed for enabling a host device to perform point-to-point (P2P) transmission. The method includes providing device identification, P2P program instructions and a server. The device identification is stored in an external device and the P2P instructions are installed on the host device. The server helps the host device to connect to other P2P devices under P2P approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: THROUGHTEK TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., THROUGHTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chi-Ming Kuo, Chong-Kuang Chen
  • Patent number: 10116861
    Abstract: A system and method for generating user interfaces for presenting a set of templates to guide a user to capture images of the items correctly sized under different conditions is disclosed. The method includes generating a first user interface configured to receive and present product information for an item including dimensions of the item, receiving a first image, generating a second user interface to present a template, the template including a bounding box sized to match the dimensions of the item, the second user interface configured to present the bounding box overlaid over a second image, receiving input to capture a portion of the second image within the bounding box, responsive to the input to capture the second image, generating a third user interface to present the first image and the captured portion of the second image as variants of a face of the item, and storing the captured portion of the second image as a variant of the face of the item and the information of the item in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jamey Graham, Daniel G Van Olst
  • Patent number: 10115118
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to obtaining event reviews. In one embodiment a method includes receiving location data corresponding to a location of a device and receiving temporal data corresponding to a time when the device was at the location. The method also includes obtaining event information based on the location data and the temporal data, and generating a user interface on the device to permit reviews of an event associated with the event information. The method also includes generating one or more prompts based on the location data and the temporal data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Dean Kenneth Jackson, Daniel Victor Klein
  • Patent number: 10115105
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a computer-executed method, a computer system and computer-program product for facilitating a transaction. The method includes transmitting computer-executable instructions to cause a representation of an item to be displayed on a consumer interface rendered on a visual display of a computing device. The method also includes receiving, from the computing device, an indication of a compound consumer input associated with a consumer and performed using the consumer interface. The method further includes, based on a determination that the compound consumer input corresponds to a purchase command, retrieving information previously stored for the consumer, generating an order to purchase the item for the consumer, and transmitting an order confirmation configured to be displayed by the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Sri Viswanath, Eric Hyche, Mihir Shah, Peter Bergstrom, Michael Burton, Dor Levi, Fabio Sisinni, Don Albert Chennavasin, Marius G. Ciocirlan, Ben Kim, Riaz Rahim