Electronic Shopping Patents (Class 705/26.1)
  • Patent number: 9916597
    Abstract: A telecommunication system implements a method for providing a targeted on-line advertisement to a user accessing a content provider node of the system. An ad is requested from a user node. A content provider is identified at a right of first refusal ad service based on the ad request. At least one demographic corresponding to the user node is determined. Whether an ad corresponds to the determined demographic is determined. A default ad service is determined based on the content provider. The ad request is passed to a default ad service. Retrieved content is processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dizpersion Corporation
    Inventors: Frank C. Nicholas, Ian B. Carswell
  • Patent number: 9916617
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein relate to processing of information, data and database identifiers involving content and/or experiences. According to one exemplary implementation, an illustrative method of computerized information processing may involve handling and/or processing data regarding a product, where the product may be an experience represented by and automatically processed via one or more computer system(s) and/or platform(s) as a function of product type identifiers and/or Boolean flags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Traina Interactive Corp.
    Inventors: Trevor Dow Traina, Joseph Peter Vierra, Jennifer Chih-Ting Chen, Mitchell Paul Galbraith
  • Patent number: 9911133
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for supporting loyalty tiers. According to certain aspects, a custom number of loyalty tiers may be specified. Dynamic tier boundaries may be defined for each tier based upon a specified number of loyalty points, a percentile of total loyalty points, or a combination thereof. Periodic recomputing of tier boundary values can support dynamic loyalty tiers. According to certain other aspects, a user loyalty status may include a current tier and a pending tier. User loyalty points may be updated for a current loyalty activity. The updated user loyalty points may be compared with a point boundary for the pending tier and the user may be updated to the pending tier. Transacting the tier update with the server may be bypassed to reduce tier update latency. Also, immediate access at the client to features associated with the updated current tier may be supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Andrew David Walbran, Kenneth Paul Stoltz, David Singleton, Douglas Alexander Gresham
  • Patent number: 9912768
    Abstract: Techniques to measure consumption of content pages comprising a plurality of distinct content assets are disclosed. In various embodiments, content consumption signal data gathered by a plurality of clients, the content consumption signal data reflecting for at least a subset of content pages user engagement by content asset comprising the content page, is received. The received content consumption signal data and content attribute data associated with each respective content page are used to compute for each content page a content consumption metric reflecting an amount of content determined to have been consumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nativo, Inc.
    Inventor: Justin Yoo Choi
  • Patent number: 9911155
    Abstract: A host computer is coupled to a source of item-level transaction data and a consumer computing device such as a Smartphone. A purchase program determines respective purchase intervals of respective items purchased by consumer from respective merchants using respective item-level electronic transaction data representing prior purchases of respective items by consumer. A shopping list program receives a location of consumer and/or data of an electronic calendar of consumer at host computer, identifies at least one merchant within a pre-determined distance of the received location and/or at which consumer has time to shop as determined from received calendar or schedule data, generates at least one electronic shopping list comprising at least one item previously purchased by consumer from the at least one merchant, and transmits the electronic shopping list from the host computer through a network to a computing apparatus of consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: Anirma R. Gupta, Gary D. Lueck
  • Patent number: 9911081
    Abstract: An efficient fact checking system analyzes and determines the factual accuracy of information and/or characterizes the information by comparing the information with source information. The efficient fact checking system automatically monitors information, processes the information, fact checks the information efficiently and/or provides a status of the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Lucas J. Myslinski
  • Patent number: 9911102
    Abstract: Software application systems and associated methods for recycling, purchasing, and/or performing other processes with mobile phones, tablet computers, laptop computers, and/or other electronic devices at a kiosk are described herein. In various embodiments, the present technology includes systems and methods associated with an electronic device to facilitate a consumer-operated kiosk processing (e.g., purchasing) the electronic device. In some embodiments, the present technology includes using a mobile app to identify an electronic device, evaluate the electronic device, resolve device issues to enable purchase of the electronic device, etc. Various other aspects of the present technology are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ecoATM, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Vincent Bowles, Randal Erman, Jarrod Hammes, Jeffrey Ploetner, John Silva, Rick Segil
  • Patent number: 9912772
    Abstract: The automatic transmission of communications between a mobile device and a social networking system is regulated based on the communication mode of the mobile device. A communication for transmission between the mobile device and the social networking system is detected. A communication switch setting, such as a switch position, is determined for the mobile device. A communication mode for the mobile device is determined based on the communication switch setting. For example, if the switch is in a first position, the mobile device is determined to be in a social mode. Likewise, if the switch is in a second position, the mobile device is determined to be a manual mode. If the mobile device is in the social mode, the communication is automatically transmitted. If the mobile device is in the manual mode, the communication is transmitted only in response to authorization from the user of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Graham, Erick Tseng, Chamath M. Palihapitiya
  • Patent number: 9910871
    Abstract: A table can be replaced with a view transparently to the application. For example, a data dictionary can specify that the view is to be substituted for the table. At runtime, application operations on the table are redirected to be performed on the view. Validation can be performed to ensure congruence between the table and the view. Can be useful for situations where a view with enhanced functionality is desired to be used in place of the table without re-coding the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Christian Stork, Kerstin Hoeft, Frank Becker, Bernd Roedel, Thomas Beissel
  • Patent number: 9904903
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed to determine customer's prescription information and their position while waiting in a drive-thru lane. The drive-thru lane may have one or more transmitters installed at predetermined locations. By utilizing an application installed on each customer's mobile computing device, each mobile computing device may transmit customer information and ranging data when within range of one or more of the transmitters. The ranging data may include an indication of a range between each of the customer's mobile computing device and one or more proximate transmitters. By correlating the customer information to prescription information from recently filled and/or called in prescriptions, each customer's prescription order may be retrieved. Furthermore, by analyzing the ranging data, the position of each customer in the drive-thru lane may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: WALGREEN CO.
    Inventors: Benjamin Weiss, Nicholas L. Eby
  • Patent number: 9904951
    Abstract: A shopping cart system and processes are disclosed which allow replenishment of small parts inventory without part numbers, scanners, bar codes, salesman, writing, written purchase orders, and put away without knowing what your are ordering or putting away as a “remote refill” process for mobile computing devices. In some embodiments, the shopping cart program is implemented as a web page shopping cart. In some embodiments, the shopping cart program is implemented as a coded messaging program comprising one of fax, SMS text messaging, and voice calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Louis Ortolani
  • Patent number: 9898734
    Abstract: A method for terminal device-based communications between a third-party application and an electronic wallet includes: the third-party application setting up a connection to an Internet service; the third-party application receiving a request and setting up a communication channel between the third party application and the electronic wallet within the terminal device via the On-Device API; verifying, by the electronic wallet, an access right of the request of the third party application; the third-party application forwarding the request to the electronic wallet if the access right is approved; the electronic wallet generating a corresponding response; forwarding the response via the On-Device API to the third party application, wherein the third party application forwards the response to the Internet service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG
    Inventors: Zhiyun Ren, Joerg Heuer, Klaus-Peter Hofman
  • Patent number: 9898757
    Abstract: A mediation server (30) includes a second request receiving unit (35) that receives first store information for identifying a store visited by a user as a visited store and second store information for identifying a designated store designated as a place to purchase an item recognized by the user at the visited store from a mobile terminal (10) of the user, a response information generating unit (36) that compares the first and second store information and determines whether the visited store and the designated store match, and generates bargaining information indicating a specified service offered for the item by the visited store when the two stores do not match, and a response information transmission unit (37) that transmits the generated bargaining information to the mobile terminal (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Udana Bandara, James Chen
  • Patent number: 9892387
    Abstract: A method for providing web transaction feedback includes a client device receiving a response indicating a success or a failure of a user operation pertaining to a potential web transaction. The client device then provides a web transaction feedback to the user using a human interface element capable of causing the client device to perform a set of motions and/or emit a range of temperatures. The set of motions is comprised of at least a first sub-set of the set of motions indicating the success of the user operation and at least a second sub-set of the set of motions indicating the failure of the user operation. The range of temperatures is comprised of at least a first temperature of the range of temperatures indicating the success of the user operation and at least a second temperature of the range of temperatures indicating the failure of the user operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tushar Agrawal, Serge Baduk, Robert A. Balfe, Victoria O. Odeyemi, Sridhar Satuloori, Jason A. Smith, Craig M. Trim, Vivek Verma, Albert T. Y. Wong
  • Patent number: 9891787
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus of operating an electronic device are provided. The method includes receiving an input for displaying an object screen in a state where a function execution screen is displayed, displaying the object screen in an overlaid manner on a part of the function execution screen in response to the input, and executing a function in response to a user input made on the object screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin Yoon, Youngjoo Park, Sungjae Park
  • Patent number: 9892385
    Abstract: A method for providing web transaction feedback includes a client device receiving a response indicating a success or a failure of a user operation pertaining to a potential web transaction. The client device then provides a web transaction feedback to the user using a human interface element capable of causing the client device to perform a set of motions and/or emit a range of temperatures. The set of motions is comprised of at least a first sub-set of the set of motions indicating the success of the user operation and at least a second sub-set of the set of motions indicating the failure of the user operation. The range of temperatures is comprised of at least a first temperature of the range of temperatures indicating the success of the user operation and at least a second temperature of the range of temperatures indicating the failure of the user operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tushar Agrawal, Serge Baduk, Robert A. Balfe, Victoria O. Odeyemi, Sridhar Satuloori, Jason A. Smith, Craig M. Trim, Vivek Verma, Albert T. Y. Wong
  • Patent number: 9892437
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method, computer program product, and system for catalog digitization. A method including receiving observed information including physical attributes of a plurality of products, assigning an importance to each physical attribute, organizing the products into product categories based on the physical attributes and their corresponding importance, determining a product profile for of the products based on the product category of each of the products and a likelihood of any two attributes being observed together with respect to each of the products, identifying a match between two products based on a similarity between the physical attributes of the two products and their corresponding importance, and a comparison between the product profiles of the two products, preparing a product description based on a combination of the physical attributes of the two matching products, and creating a digital product catalog comprising the product description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nagesha Rao Krishnan, Anbumunee Ponniah, Soumya Prasada, Sudhanshu S. Sar
  • Patent number: 9892440
    Abstract: A process for protecting against fraudulent transactions entails comparing a first serial code with a second serial code, as well as comparing a first user identification with a second user identification. An additional comparison between a first stock keeping unit code and a second stock keeping unit code can also be made. If any of the compared data items do not match, then a notice of denial is issued for the transaction. Exceptions can be made, for example by comparing a first listing timestamp with a second listing timestamp to determine that a second transaction is occurring within a defined time period such as a return period. Data is recognized by an optical reader utilizing optical character recognition, with read data being saved to a data record. Serial codes can be directly printed on products or instead applied as a tamper evident sticker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Michael R. Wright, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9894163
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for service request management are disclosed. An example method includes receiving service data from an information source and selecting a source data model that is associated with the information source, the source data model being configured to specify how the service data in a first format from the information source is to be mapped to data fields of a generic service data model. The example method also includes creating a service data entry of the generic service data model by applying the determined source data model to the service data and storing the service data into data fields of the service data entry. The example method further includes selecting a service provider based on the service data within the data fields of the service data entry and transmitting a service request message to the service provider including at least some of the service data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Nexus Vesting Group, LLC
    Inventor: Samit V. Desai
  • Patent number: 9892109
    Abstract: A fact checking system utilizes social networking information and analyzes and determines the factual accuracy of information and/or characterizes the information by comparing the information with source information. The social networking fact checking system automatically monitors information, processes the information, fact checks the information and/or provides a status of the information, including automatically modifying a web page to include the fact check results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Lucas J. Myslinski
  • Patent number: 9894473
    Abstract: A platform, apparatus and method are described for pairing devices. For example, one embodiment of a system for pairing devices comprises: a first data processing device having a machine-readable optical label associated therewith and including a first wireless communication interface; a second data processing device having a second wireless communication interface and an optical reader for reading identification data from the optical label associated with the first data processing device, the second wireless communication interface including pairing logic to use the identification data to pair with the first data processing device by establishing a secure communication channel between the first and second wireless communication interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: AFERO, INC.
    Inventors: Joe Britt, Shin Matsumura, Houman Forood, Scott Zimmerman, Phillip Myles, Sean Zawicki, Daisuke Kutami, Shannon Holland, Justin Lee
  • Patent number: 9892388
    Abstract: A method for providing web transaction feedback includes a client device receiving a response indicating a success or a failure of a user operation pertaining to a potential web transaction. The client device then provides a web transaction feedback to the user using a human interface element capable of causing the client device to perform a set of motions and/or emit a range of temperatures. The set of motions is comprised of at least a first sub-set of the set of motions indicating the success of the user operation and at least a second sub-set of the set of motions indicating the failure of the user operation. The range of temperatures is comprised of at least a first temperature of the range of temperatures indicating the success of the user operation and at least a second temperature of the range of temperatures indicating the failure of the user operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tushar Agrawal, Serge Baduk, Robert A. Balfe, Victoria O. Odeyemi, Sridhar Satuloori, Jason A. Smith, Craig M. Trim, Vivek Verma, Albert T. Y. Wong
  • Patent number: 9886723
    Abstract: A computer device and method for processing risk related data to determine one or more insurance products for appliances and other systems located in or on an insured property. Informatic data is received from one or more informatic sensor devices relating to one or more appliances located in or on an insured property. Analysis is performed on the received informatic data to determine one or more insurance products to be recommended for at least one appliance located in or on the insured property. Notification is provided regarding determination of the one or more insurance products for the at least one appliance located in or on the insured property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Ramsey Devereaux, Michael J. Allen, Spencer Read, David S. Franck, William Chandler, Daniela Wheeler, Kathleen L. Swain
  • Patent number: 9886711
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method, computer program product, and system for identifying matching products relative to a reference product. A reference product is identified from a received product query and a query is generated based on the reference product. A generated query comprises of an ontology, at least one word appearing in a title of the reference product, and a set of key words appearing in social media data associated with the reference product. A database is searched using the generated query to find matching product sets and the results are returned and filtered. Results are filtered by calculating a relationship score between the reference product and one or more matching products in the set of matching products, and/or by filtering a subset of the set of matching products based on a customer profile. The filtered subset of results are communicated to a recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Prasad M. Deshpande, Atreyee Dey, Salil Joshi, Songhua Xing
  • Patent number: 9886435
    Abstract: Various embodiments of systems and methods to provide pseudo internal numbering for uniquely and continuously numbering of legally bound documents are described herein. In one aspect, an external numbering range object (NRO) is generated in a computer system. The range of numbers assignable by the external NRO is split into a set of intervals based on a prefix. In another aspect, an internal NRO is generated corresponding to a subset of the intervals of the external NRO. The correspondence between the internal NRO and the subset of intervals is determined by a part of the prefix. In yet another aspect, the unique and continuous numbers generated by the internal NRO are correlated with the numbers in the intervals of the subset of intervals of the external NRO based on a correspondence between values of the prefix of the external NRO and a prefix of the internal NRO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Thomas Veit
  • Patent number: 9886706
    Abstract: Computer implemented methods and systems for fulfilling a customer request for a requested item purchased from a merchant is provided. The method may be performed by a tangibly embodied processing machine disposed in a customer device. The method may include (1) observing, through the input of information, an observed event that is associated with a customer; (2) associating the observed event with a corresponding order record; (3) retrieving order information from the corresponding order record, the order information including at least customer financial entity account information; (4) generating a merchant request based at least in part on the order information in the corresponding order record, the merchant request including at least customer identification information and customer financial entity account information; and (5) outputting the merchant request to the designated merchant, so as to provide the designated merchant with information to fulfill the customer request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Hugh Robert Tamassia, Peter Franklin Stransky, Ravi Acharya, Satyan Avatara
  • Patent number: 9885584
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide a navigated-shopping service are discussed. In an example, a method for navigated-shopping can include receiving a destination location, accessing a route to the destination, displaying the route with indications of a plurality of items for purchase, receiving selection of a selected item, and purchasing the selected item. The plurality of items for purchase can be within a predefined distance of at least one point along the route. The selection of the selected item can include selection of a retail location of a plurality of retail locations along the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Praveen Nallu, Swami Raghavan
  • Patent number: 9881076
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for facilitating management of user queries and dynamic filtration of responses based on group filters in an on-demand services environment in a multi-tenant environment according to one embodiment. In one embodiment and by way of example, a method includes receiving, at a first computing device, a query via an application programming interface (“API”) of a software application at a second computing device, where the query includes one or more filter parameters including a size filter parameter. The method may further include evaluating the query based on the one or more filter parameters including the size filter parameter, selecting a first response based on the size filter parameter, and communicating the first response to be viewed via the API at the second computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: salesforce.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Albert Louie, Christopher Douglas Seymour, Ethan Treber, Jason Schroeder, Jean Elie Bovet, Jody Elizabeth Bleyle, John Christopher Houston, Kamyar Seradjfar, Mohamad Arabo, Qingqing Liu, Thomas Archie Cook, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9881312
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a radio communication system may be provided. The radio communication system may include: a portable device; a beacon receiving device; and a server. The portable device may include: a transmitter configured to repeatedly transmit signals; and a receiver configured to receive data from the server. The beacon receiving device may include: a receiver configured to receive signals from the portable device; and a transmitter configured to transmit an indication to the server based on the received signal. The server may include: a receiver configured to receive the indication from the beacon receiving device; and a transmitter configured to transmit data to the portable device based on the indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: RAZER (ASIA-PACIFIC) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Min-Liang Tan, Sze Wei Joel Hong, Chee Oei Chan, Kah Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 9883090
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, an item listing process is run in an item listing application. Upon reaching a specified point in the item listing process, a camera application on the user device is triggered (or the camera directly accessed by the item listing application) to enable a user to capture images using the camera, wherein the triggering includes providing a wireframe overlay informing the user as to an angle at which to capture images from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Dane Glasgow
  • Patent number: 9875493
    Abstract: A method for receiving a payment includes receiving information for a transaction with a merchant over the network, wherein the transaction includes an incomplete online transaction associated with a user account. A location of a user device that is associated with the user account is then retrieved, and a payment location is determined that is within a predetermined distance of the location of the user device. The payment location is then sent over the network to the user device. The user of the user device may then go to the payment location to provide payment information offline to a payment location device (e.g., by presenting a payment card to the payment location device provider, providing cash, etc.). That payment information is then received over the network from the payment location device and, in response, the online transaction is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Frank Anthony Nuzzi
  • Patent number: 9875498
    Abstract: A system and method of global electronic trade in the Internet is provided. The method of global electronic trade for sellers and buyers via the Internet includes registering the sellers and the buyers; providing information regarding goods or services to the registered sellers and buyers; selecting of trade partners based on the provided information; holding tenders; conducting of transactions between the trade partners; conducting a post-transaction procedures; and protecting of information in the system of global electronic trade. In a basis of a method of global electronic trade are put: a method of creating of databases of structured information about offers of sellers and about requests of buyers; and a method of searching of trade partners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Valentina Pulnikova
  • Patent number: 9870550
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for implementing a recipe modification system. The recipe modification system receives a request to modify an existing recipe from a requestor. The request identifies the existing recipe and an ingredient to be added to the existing recipe. The recipe modification system identifies a cluster of recipe elements associated with the ingredient to be added to the existing recipe and selects a representative member recipe element of the cluster. The recipe modification system modifies the existing recipe based on the selected representative member recipe element and generates a natural language text for the modified recipe based on the existing recipe and the selected representative member recipe element. The recipe modification system outputs the natural language text for the modified recipe to the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Donna K. Byron, Carmine M. DiMascio, Florian Pinel, Timothy P. Winkler
  • Patent number: 9870583
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating a purchase are described. A user logs in to a payment service provider site. The user provides authorization to use a one-page checkout service. The user's information is captured during the session, and a cookie is placed on the user's device. When the user goes on a merchant website and checks out using the payment service provider, the payment service provider detects the cookie on the user device. The payment service provider uses the cookie, and in one embodiment, centrally stored information, to populate the one-page checkout page with the last used payment. In various embodiments, the one-page checkout page also displays a shipping address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventors: Seung Hyo Lee, Desmond Kwokhon Chan
  • Patent number: 9864510
    Abstract: An introduction or connection platform is described that improves the performance of a mobile device having a touchscreen by reducing the number of user inputs needed and also the amount of memory required for making connections in Apps that are used with backend databases. Examples of the subject technology include or provide: (1) an application for a mobile device that provides for a simple way to introduce someone to someone else (or multiple people); and (2) a mobile application that provides for receiving as a user input a simple swipe (e.g., finger or other digit being swept across the mobile's touch screen) in order to introduce someone in response to a post (e.g., a person looking for someone with a certain skill and/or experience set). Exemplary embodiments are implemented on a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Swishlinks LLC
    Inventors: Charbel Seif, Ali Shahanaghi
  • Patent number: 9866613
    Abstract: Techniques described herein may provide a software development kit (“SDK”) for third party content providers (e.g., content providers external to a wireless telecommunications network) to provide toll-free content to users. Specifically, the transmission of such toll-free content, via the wireless telecommunications network, may not incur data charges to the user. Content providers may register content as being toll-free, and may include a script in web pages that link to the toll-free content. User devices may execute the script in order to validate links to toll-free content. User devices may further provide notifications that indicate that particular content is toll-free content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Samiksha Saxena
  • Patent number: 9864580
    Abstract: A system includes a user interface allowing a developer to select a function to supplement functionality of an application under development. A data store holds identifiers for functions representing external functionality available from third party applications. A code generation module provides a software object to the developer for incorporation into a state of the application. The state includes a user interface element associated with an entity. When the state is instantiated, an action query is transmitted to a search system with the unique identifier of the selected function and information about the entity. The user interface element is selectively visually adapted in response to the search system response. In response to user selection of the user interface element, a search result, the search system is displayed, including (i) an identifier of a target application and (ii) an access mechanism for a specified state of the target application, is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jonathan Ben-Tzur
  • Patent number: 9865012
    Abstract: Intelligent receipt scanning and analysis may include scanning a receipt that includes information related to a product. The information related to the product may be transformed to text, and extracted from the text by utilizing a machine learning process. The extracted information may be compared to known information for a plurality of known products to identify the product as a known product of the plurality of known products or an unknown product. The extracted information related to the product and known product information, from the known information, for the known product of the plurality of known products may be analyzed in response to a determination that the extracted information is similar to the known product information for the known product of the plurality of known products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Richard Vidal, Christian Souche
  • Patent number: 9857960
    Abstract: Techniques related to data collaboration between different entities are disclosed. In an embodiment, a graph may be displayed in a computer graphical user interface. The graph may include nodes and edges. Each node may represent a distinct data object. Each edge may represent one or more relationships between the two distinct data objects. Based on one or more redaction criteria, a portion of the graph may be identified to be redacted before the graph is exported. Display of the graph in the computer graphical user interface may be updated to remove display of the portion of the graph. After the updating, a request to export the graph may be received. Responsive to receiving the request, a machine-readable representation of a redacted graph may be exported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Palantir Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Graham Dennis, Timothy Taylor, Kimberley Lear, Jesse Rickard, Dyon Balding, Hunter Pitelka, David Leblanc, Vaughan Shanks, Joel Davies, Steffen Merten, Christopher Cook, Christopher Male, Marc Barker
  • Patent number: 9858607
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide a navigated-shopping service are discussed. In an example, a method for navigated-shopping can include receiving a destination location, accessing a route to the destination, displaying the route with indications of a plurality of items for purchase, receiving selection of a selected item, and purchasing the selected item. The plurality of items for purchase can be within a predefined distance of at least one point along the route. The selection of the selected item can include selection of a retail location of a plurality of retail locations along the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Praveen Nallu, Swami Raghavan, Dane Howard, Jack Phillip Abraham, Shannon B. Vosseller, Michael George Lenahan, Ben Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9858528
    Abstract: An efficient fact checking system analyzes and determines the factual accuracy of information and/or characterizes the information by comparing the information with source information. The efficient fact checking system automatically monitors information, processes the information, fact checks the information efficiently and/or provides a status of the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Lucas J. Myslinski
  • Patent number: 9852423
    Abstract: Methods for authorizing wireless payment transactions that include encrypting, with an encryption module on the mobile payment device, a payment account token stored on a mobile payment device and a session key generated on the mobile payment device with a public key. The methods also include transmitting the encrypted payment account token and session key to a vending machine, further encrypting, with the vending machine, the encrypted payment account token and session key with a device key, and transmitting, from the vending machine, the encrypted payment account token and session key to a central server. The methods further include decrypting the payment account token and session key with the device key and with a private key stored at the central server and sending an authorization determination and session key from the central server to the vending machine based on the decrypted payment account token and session key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: USA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cary M. Sagady, Joseph A. Simpkins, Denis Kouznetsov
  • Patent number: 9852447
    Abstract: A computer system locates objects and content by navigating an aerial or satellite image map of a geographic region. The system determines a search region corresponding to the geographic region by use of geospatial information associated with the geographic region. Once the search region is determined, the system searches a database for objects and content that are associated with the search region and that satisfy certain predetermined criteria and characteristics. Relevant ads are then shown to the user within an interactive mapping experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Redfin Corporation
    Inventors: David Eraker, Marcus Smith, Savan Kong, Josh Horton
  • Patent number: 9846901
    Abstract: Techniques for product recommendation involve receiving, from a user, a request for recommendation of a product matching one or more characteristics specified in the request. In response to the request, a product may be identified for recommendation, at least in part by searching an ontology in which the identified product is represented as matching at least one of the characteristics specified in the request. The ontology may further include at least one link to at least one natural language product review providing supporting evidence that the identified product matches the at least one characteristic. At least a portion of the at least one natural language product review may be retrieved using the at least one link in the ontology, and presented to the user in support of a recommendation of the identified product, in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Marisa Ferrara Boston, Richard Stamford Crouch, Ali Erdem Ozcan, Peter Stubley, Francis Pieraut, Sylvain Goulet
  • Patent number: 9846902
    Abstract: Product order and shipping information received via email messages is automatically aggregated for ready user review. Once the user is authenticated, authorization to access their email mailbox is obtained and the email message headers of their entails are analyzed to identify those messages of interest. The bodies of the email messages of interest are parsed to extract the product order and shipping information which is stored and presented for display to the user typically grouped by individual product thus greatly simplifying user review of orders. The aggregated product order and shipping information can be augmented with additional information such as shipping status, delivery status, a product image, and/or a last date that the product can be returned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Slice Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Brady, Benjamin A. Suppe, Eric J. Botto, Harpinder Singh Madan, Ievgen Mastierov, Aditya Khosla, Dmytry B. Mykhaylov, Georgii Verbytskyi, Alexander Lototsky, Michael Mantel
  • Patent number: 9842371
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a system for creating a savings plan for a user. During operation, the system receives demographic data associated with the user. Next, the system determines average spending for pre-selected spending categories for a set of users with similar demographic data to the user. The system then receives financial data associated with the user. After that, the system analyzes the financial data to create a comparison of how spending by the user in the pre-selected categories compares to average spending for the set of users with similar demographic data. Finally, the system uses the comparison to facilitate a savings plan for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventors: James N. Magnarelli, Elise Marie Fung, Harshavardhan Srinivasan, Qitong Xu, Soham Samir Mody, Gina M. Ruscio
  • Patent number: 9842131
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for supporting contact reminding and includes: a contact history database for storing information on a contact history; an unregistered contact point obtaining unit for obtaining an unregistered contact point which has not been registered with an address database, based on the contact history stored in the contact history database; and a contact point recommending unit for calculating contact statistics for a preset certain period by using the contact histories of the obtained unregistered contact points, determining, as a recommended contact point, an unregistered contact point from which contact has not been received recently, based on the calculated contact statistics of the unregistered contact points and the number of times that contact has been made for a recent certain period, and informing a user of the determined recommended contact point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hai Gang Roh
  • Patent number: 9842326
    Abstract: An information providing system includes: a processor that executes a process including: receiving an identifier to uniquely identify an automatic transaction apparatus in which transaction is performed, and an input of a financial institution code read from a card inserted into the automatic transaction apparatus; determining information to be output in the automatic transaction apparatus, based on a relation between the financial institution code and the identifier of the automatic transaction apparatus; and displaying the determined information on a screen of the automatic transaction apparatus or an external display device controlled by the automatic transaction apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: FUJITSU LIMITED, FUJITSU FRONTECH LIMITED
    Inventors: Kazuo Ishibashi, Chie Matsumura, Kanako Yoshida, Yayoi Ueki, Mari Nakazato, Satoshi Mukogawa, Sagiri Okamura
  • Patent number: 9842357
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products personalize haptic emulations of merchandise. A query regarding an article of merchandise having an associated digital image is made and the digital image is modified based on a personal anatomical image and anthropometrical data associated with a user by personalizing a portion of the digital image to the user, such that a haptic emulation of the article of merchandise is modified in accordance with the anthropometrical data and provided with the modified digital image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Srilal Weerasinghe
  • Patent number: 9838400
    Abstract: A system and method uses any or all of information of a user and/or user's activity at a second web site, information of the user's friends or other connections at the second web site, or registration information of the user, to determine whether to allow the user to communicate with other users of a first web site, prevent the user from communicating with other users of the first web site, or monitor the user's communications and allow or prevent the user from further communication based on the monitored communications at the first web site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Zoosk, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander F. Mehr, Shayan G. Zadeh