Electronic Shopping Patents (Class 705/26.1)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 10115136
    Abstract: Methods and systems to build containers of uncategorized items are described. In some example embodiments, the methods and systems access a search request for items available for purchase via a network-based location, collect information associated with available items having product description information satisfying the search request and located at multiple network-based locations, determine one or more containers that associate items available for purchase based on the collected information, and publish a result for the search request that is based on the determined containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjay Pundlkrao Ghatare, Praveen K. Jayaraman, Sandip Namdeo Gaikwad, Ashit Jain, Joseph Anthony Beynon, Suhail Ansari, Hugh Evan Williams, Niteen Bhat
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 10115161
    Abstract: Methods and systems for supply chain management in accordance with a state model. A supply chain management system includes a transaction state module within an inter-enterprise server assessable by trading partners. The transaction state module can define a state model which allows a trading partner to view a transaction and perform an action in accordance with a state of the transaction. The state model describes, in association with each state, which of the trading partners have visibility to the transaction and ability to perform an action. The trading partners can include consumers, retailers, distributors, etc. The transactions can include a forecast order, a purchase order, a billing, a product shipment, a payment, an invoice, a credit memo, a request for quote (RFQ), and a return material authorization (RMA). States of the transaction can include, for example, create, open, public view, private view, publish, commit, cancel, supersede, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: JDA Software Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Dimitar Gueorguiev Kostov
  • Patent number: 10109018
    Abstract: Audit performance systems and methods can be used to provide objective assessment of the performance of claim administrators. Data from audits performed by one or more insurance broker consultants can be input into the audit performance system, and analyzed, to generate reports that compare the performance of a selected claim administrator to an industry standard level of performance or to one or more other claim administrators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Aon Global Operations Limited (Singapore Branch)
    Inventors: Kevin Combes, Paul Braun, Larry Joe Galusha
  • Patent number: 10108318
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a script defining a flow of a user interface is distributed to a user application operating on a client device. Then interactions between users on one or more client devices and one or more server devices are tracked. The script is then modified based on the information about the interactions, the modification changing the flow. The modified script may then be distributed to the user application, thus causing a modification in the flow of the user interface of the user application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: John Patrick Edgar Tobin
  • Patent number: 10108675
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are applicable to the field of communications technologies, and provide an application recommending method and system, and a server. The method includes receiving data reported by at least one terminal, where the data includes static data and first application behavior data that are collected by the at least one terminal, and the static data is used to identify a type of a terminal; obtaining an activity index of each application on terminals of different types according to the first application behavior data; and receiving an application list request sent by a first terminal, querying, according to the application list request, an activity index of each application on terminals that are of the same type with the first terminal, and recommending an application with an activity index greater than a preset first activity index threshold to the first terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lianxi Liu
  • Patent number: 10108986
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer readable products are provided for enabling dynamic loading of one or more digital image branding functions associated with one or more distribution rules. A distribution rule is used to target a group of end users that are selected from a dataset mapping a plurality of end-users according to one or more distribution rules. Instructions are forwarded to present an indication the digital image branding function to each member of the end users group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Sanderling Management Limited
    Inventor: Michael Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10104020
    Abstract: Described are computer-based methods and apparatuses, including computer program products, for authenticating user service requests from a social networking site. Data representing a selected message and an originator of the selected message is stored. Data representing a reply to the originator of the selected message is transmitted for posting at the social networking server, the reply including data that causes transmission of a service request to the server when actuated. Data representing the service request and a sender of the service request is received. Data representing a user profile of the sender of the service request is retrieved from the social networking server. One or more attributes of the user profile of the sender are compared against one or more attributes of the stored data representing the originator of the selected message in order to verify the one or more attributes of the user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: LIVEPERSON, INC.
    Inventor: Matan Barak
  • Patent number: 10104525
    Abstract: Disclosed are NFC-enabled communication systems for provisioning wireless vehicle communication, control logic for operating such systems, and motor vehicles equipped with an onboard NFC-enabled device for short-range communication with one or more off-board NFC-enabled devices. A disclosed method for provisioning data exchange between an onboard electronic device of a motor vehicle and an off-board electronic device includes detecting if NFC-enabled components of the onboard and off-board electronic devices are within a predetermined proximity of each other and, if the components are within proximity, establishing a wireless communications session between the devices. After establishing the wireless communications session, determining whether or not to grant the off-board electronic device access to an NFC tag in the NFC-enabled component of the onboard electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Craig Kaiser, Donald K. Grimm, Timothy J. Talty
  • Patent number: 10097953
    Abstract: An electronic system provides various features and functionality for managing resources. An alert may be sent when a mobile device crosses a geo-fence. The alert may describe how much of the resource is available for the types of transaction that are likely to occur within the geo-fence. The alert may request or confirm the allocation of the transaction to a resource pool or suggest alternative transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Wayne Hartman, Nathan Mahoney, Hoang Trung Vo, Joshua Samuel Leonard, Michal Leighton Van Cleave, Jeffrey Young, Luke James Gradeless, Brandon K. Esplin
  • Patent number: 10096058
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes methods for fulfilling a request using a connected inventory fulfillment service. Entities that use the same financial application to store inventory data are invited to participate as participating providers in a connected inventory fulfillment service. When a request for a product for fulfillment using the connected inventory fulfillment service is received, participating providers that could fulfill the request are identified by matching information in the request to inventory data stored using the financial application. A participating provider that could fulfill the request is then selected to fulfill the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Molly Beth Davis, Ashlee Beggs, Roger Meike, Todd Elliott, Mike Gabriel
  • Patent number: 10089808
    Abstract: A locker bank system for expanding the capacity of a fixed locker bank having monitors when the number of available lockers drops below a predefined threshold capacity at the fixed locker bank. In response to this trigger, a mobile locker bank is automatically routed to the fixed locker bank to increase a number of available lockers at the location. A computing system at the fixed locker bank and the mobile locker bank are adapted to control access to the fixed and mobile locker bank lockers. Each locker bank further includes a communication system that is adapted to facilitate direct or indirect communication between the fixed locker bank computing system and the mobile locker bank computing system when the mobile locker bank is positioned adjacent the location of the fixed locker bank. Together the fixed locker bank and the mobile locker bank may function as a unitary locker bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Perez, Robert J. Gillen, Kalin Robinson
  • Patent number: 10089412
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of (800) and a system (316) for processing a search query received from an electronic device (302) associated with a user (170). The method comprises executing (802) a search based on the search query to generate search results; accessing (804) a register (340) comprising multiple entries; upon determining (806) that a search result resource associated with the at least one of the search results corresponds to the resource of the at least one of the multiple entries of the register, generating a graphical component (408, 508, 608) associated with the transaction service identifier; inserting (808) the graphical component (408, 508, 608) within a search result page (SERP); and transmitting (810) the SERP to the electronic device (302) for rendering on a display of the electronic device (302).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: YANDEX EUROPE AG
    Inventors: Mikhail Jurievich Kosarev, Svetlana Anatolievna Perlovskaya, Valeriy Valeryevich Leletko
  • Patent number: 10089675
    Abstract: Data mining systems and methods are disclosed for associating users with items based on underlying personas. The system associates each user account with one or more underlying personas that contribute to the user's interactions with different items, and models user-to-item associations in accordance with the underlying personas based on probabilistic matrix factorization. The system may further predict an active persona for a user based on the user's recent interactions with items and make item related recommendations that are oriented to the active persona.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajeev Ramnarain Rastogi, Varnit Agnihotri, Rushi Bhatt, Srujana Merugu
  • Patent number: 10089609
    Abstract: Embodiments allocate and synchronize virtual currency balance of a user among multiple user devices. A user profile is maintained at a central server. The user profile stores a total virtual currency balance and a designation of multiple user devices associated with the user. The total virtual currency balance may be divided among and allocated to the multiple user devices, for example, based on usage data associated with each user device. The portion of the total virtual currency balance allocated to each user device may be stored locally at a local wallet of the corresponding user device. The local virtual currency balance on a user device may be used to purchase goods or services, such as playing a game. If the locally stored virtual currency balance of a given user device runs low, the user device may request additional virtual currency from other user devices without contacting the central server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION
    Inventor: Zhiqiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10089595
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, an event query to an item supply chain event database is processed such that a trace extraction algorithm will be executed to determine extracted trace data. A plurality of location nodes may then be graphically represented on an interactive user display based on the extracted trace data. Similarly, a plurality of item flow edges connecting location nodes may be graphically represented on the interactive user display based on the extracted trace data. According to some embodiments, a selection from a user is received via the interactive user display, the selection being associated with at least some of the graphically represented information. Responsive to the received selection, the graphical representation may be adjusted in accordance with the extracted trace data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Florian Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 10086716
    Abstract: A charging system for a vehicle, a vehicle comprising the charging system, and a method for controlling charging a vehicle with the charging system are provided. The charging system comprises: a battery; a first charging branch comprising a first rectifying unit and a first charging interface, in which the battery is connected with the first charging interface via the first rectifying unit; a second charging branch comprising a second rectifying unit and a second charging interface, in which the battery is connected with the second charging interface via the second rectifying unit; and a control unit connected with the first rectifying unit and the second rectifying unit respectively and configured to control the first charging branch and the second charging branch to charge the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Guangming Yang, Xiaohui Zhang, Zheqing Tang, Jian Liu
  • Patent number: 10085153
    Abstract: A wearable device can establish a verified session with a host device. For example, if a user wearing the wearable device unlocks the host device (e.g., by entering a credential), the devices can create a verified session, which can persist across lock and unlock events at the host device. For the duration of the verified session, a host device can request session confirmation from the wearable device at any time to confirm that the verified session is still in progress. While the session is in progress, the host can make features available such as bypassing re-entry of a credential during unlock operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse W. Boettcher, Craig Federighi, Bryan J. James, James Eric Mason
  • Patent number: 10083479
    Abstract: Techniques described herein may enable a user to develop a product UI for an enterprise software program in a manner that reduces or eliminates the need for IT development, testing, and deployment. A user-friendly interface may be provided that enables a user to obtain product information describing a product from a product catalog and create interface objects (e.g., labels, textboxes, dropdown boxes, etc.) that use to the product information in a manner that can directly determine how the product information is presented in a product UI. Rules may be added to control how interface objects behave and are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Mastaneh Zavar, Allan S Andrew, Ramakrishna V Rudhraraju, Alex Wu, Surulivel S Pandian, Sivaraman Sampath
  • Patent number: 10078867
    Abstract: A method implemented on an augmented reality electronic device includes viewing at least a portion of a financial document with the augmented reality electronic device. One or more words or phrases in a section of the financial document are identified using the augmented reality electronic device. A customer associated with the financial document is identified. An indication of the one or more words or phrases and an identification of the customer are sent to a server computer. Customized content is received from the server computer based on the one or more words or phrases and the identification of the customer. The customized content is displayed on the augmented reality electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Christin Chan, Erick Von Tengelitsch, II
  • Patent number: 10078672
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a search device includes a first storage to store therein a keyword group generated by grouping keyword candidates which are to be candidates for a search keyword according to a rule set in advance; a first acquisition unit to acquire a first recommended keyword which is the keyword candidate partially including an input string not yet been entered; a second acquisition unit to acquire a second recommended keyword which is included in the keyword group to which the first recommended keyword belongs and which is the keyword candidate other than the first recommended keyword; an output unit to output a search screen for displaying the first recommended keyword and the second recommended keyword in a selectable way; and a search unit to perform a search with the first recommended keyword or the second recommended keyword selected on the search screen as the search keyword.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignees: TOSHIBA SOLUTIONS CORPORATION, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Wataru Nakano, Toshihiko Manabe, Tomoharu Kokubu, Masumi Inaba
  • Patent number: 10078825
    Abstract: An ordering system for a business includes an ordering terminal, a queue module, an order execution module, and an agent. The ordering terminal receives a first order from a first person. The queue module stores data representing the first order. The order execution module conveys the first order to the point of sale terminal. The agent is installed on a point of sale terminal and selectively sends user interface events to a point of sale application executing on the point of sale terminal. The order execution module conveys the first order to the point of sale terminal by (i) retrieving the data representing the first order from the queue module and (ii) instructing the agent to send user interface events according to the retrieved data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Nextep Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Marshall Cummings
  • Patent number: 10075543
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including an information acquisition unit configured to, on the basis of a condition previously associated with at least a piece of identification information in book data in which the identification information is associated with at least a part of first information among pieces of information, acquire second information consistent with the condition from a social networking service, and an editing unit configured to replace the first information associated with the piece of identification information with the acquired second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Ishikawa, Takuya Namae, Daisuke Matsumoto, Kenji Hisanaga
  • Patent number: 10074109
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method for providing information to computer users includes receiving at a server system an indicator of an action performed on a third-party website by a first user of a social network of users. The method can also include creating by the server system first promotional information based upon the received indicator and information associated with the first user of the social network. The method can further include persistently storing by the server system the created first promotional information in a repository of promotional information, wherein the repository stores promotional information associated with a plurality of third-party websites for display to users of a plurality of social networks. The method can additionally include receiving at the server system a request for promotional information to display to a second user of the social network, the second user having an acquaintance relationship with the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Vinay Goel, Rahul S. Kulkarni, Subramanya Srikanth Belwadi, Siddartha Naidu, Ramanathan V. Guha