Supply Or Demand Aggregation Patents (Class 705/26.2)
  • Patent number: 10341248
    Abstract: An evaluation device includes a first evaluator configured, for each record used for transmission control of data circulating in a network, to evaluate extent of variation of an amount of the data, based on a history of the amounts of the data matching a condition of the record; a second evaluator configured, for each of the records, to evaluate a size of a space represented by the record, based on the condition of the record; and a calculator configured, for each of the records, to calculate an index value representing a possibility that a predetermined or a greater amount of the data matches the condition of the record within a fixed period of time, based on an evaluation result by the first evaluator, and an evaluation result by the second evaluator. Therefore, it is possible to evaluate a possibility of a sudden occurrence of a flow whose traffic volume is large.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION, OSAKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yousuke Takahashi, Keisuke Ishibashi, Noriaki Kamiyama, Kohei Shiomoto, Yuichi Ohsita, Masayuki Murata
  • Patent number: 10319009
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus to generate group transactions for an item are described. An item may be one or more of a product and a service. An acceptable price for an item may be obtained from a consumer. The consumer may be categorized into a group characterized by common price range. A group offer may be provided to one or more sellers and/or one or more buyers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Bhupendra Jain
  • Patent number: 10282777
    Abstract: A most recently viewed item is displayed in a display element, which is positioned next to at least one other element on a web page. The display element is expanded so that the element covers the at least one other element on the web page and so that at least one other recently viewed item appears in the display element. The display element is contracted so that only the most recently viewed item appears in the display element and so that the at least one other element on the web page is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Nations, Chad R. Gourley, Michael F. Gonsalves, Troy Neidermire
  • Patent number: 10282744
    Abstract: A system for presenting advertising materials including group sales offers within the context of a network-accessible document such as a Web page. One embodiment stores a plurality of ads, including some group sales offers. Fulfillment of each group sales offer is conditioned upon acceptance of the offer by a prescribed minimum number of viewers. The system receives a request for online content from a client computer operated by a viewer, where the requested online content is unrelated to group sales offers. Responsive to the request, the system selects a group sales offer from the plurality of ads based on the nature of the requested content and/or viewer characteristics or past behavior accumulated from past communications with the viewer. The system automatically delivers the selected group sales offer and the requested content to the client computer for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventor: Howard Jaffe
  • Patent number: 10282731
    Abstract: The present invention includes acquiring purchase history information related to a product purchased by a user, from a storage means that stores the purchase history information (S2), generating and acquiring an image object indicating a display mode which changes in response to purchase history information (S3), generating a web page which displays the image object, and transmitting the web page to a terminal device through a network and displaying the web page (S5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Soh Masuko, Hiroshi Abe
  • Patent number: 10242006
    Abstract: A system for identifying and/or recommending relevant media content is provided. The system includes a relevancy component, a classification component and a notification component. The relevancy component determines a topic or an event related to media content and associates the media content with a group of media content based on the topic or the event. The classification component assigns a classifier value to the media content based on data associated with the media content and the group of media content. The notification component generates a notification message associated with the media content for a user based on the classifier value and a temporal-based relevancy value generated as a function of user context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Philo Juang, Shirley Connie Gaw, Pepijn Crouzen, Tim Dasilva, Benoît de Boursetty
  • Patent number: 10199829
    Abstract: This microgrid system (100) includes: a generator device (111) for outputting power; a plurality of sub-microgrids (110) that include utility customers (112) who consume power; a shared unit (120) connected to the plurality of sub-microgrids (110), and provided with a plurality of energy storage devices (121) for storing power; and a control device (130) that, when power outputted by the generator device (111) is to be stored in the energy storage devices (121), selects an energy storage device (121) as the storage destination for the power outputted by the generator device (111), in accordance with the respective status of the plurality of energy storage devices (121), and when power is to be supplied to utility customers (112), selects an energy storage device (121) as the supply source for supplying power to the utility customers (112), in accordance with the respective status of the plurality of energy storage devices (121).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuan Luo, Shin Nakamura, Satoko Itaya, Kenichi Maruhashi
  • Patent number: 10102484
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus provide management of power to meet demand of consumers that consume the power. An interface is configured to receive a pricing signal that indicates a price for the power. Wherein the interface is configured to control an appliance coupled to the interface to shift adjusting power consumption sooner in time than the appliance is predetermined to shift its power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Robert F. Cruickshank, III
  • Patent number: 10102595
    Abstract: A computer implemented system and method for demand management in an energy supply network including aggregation of energy use modification offers from energy consumers in order to meet value offers from energy suppliers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: EMBERTEC PTY LTD
    Inventor: Domenico Gelonese
  • Patent number: 10069892
    Abstract: A versatile information management system allows users to configure web page configuration, navigation system, database tables, and personal searchable pads, and can be configured as a static web site, a dynamic web site, a versatile data entry system, a real-time information sharing system, a training and leaning system, an investigative discovery system, and a versatile electronic binder. The system is implemented with global editing capability, unique data validating methods, data archival methods, interactive search and data-feeding functions, standard sorting methods, local and global search features, and phrase constructing functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Jianqing Wu
  • Patent number: 10032193
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating a program with participating merchants and consumers are described. In some embodiments, a method includes receiving a wish list of a user. The wish list may include items or services sold by merchants participating in the program. The wish list may be published to the merchants participating in the program. A location of the user may be determined, and an offer from one of the participating merchants may be received, where the offer is based on the location of the user. A total cost of the offer may be calculated by analyzing the offer. The user may be notified of the offer and the total cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA)
    Inventors: Marty Lee Mendivil, Rickey Dale Burks, Charles Lee Oakes, III, Michael Patrick Bueche, Jr., Christopher A. Jackson, Margaret M. Tuschinski, Craig Kincaid, Luke James Gradeless, Elizabeth Jackson, Stephen Basilotto
  • Patent number: 10033537
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing a chain of authenticated citations, from an original source document available online, through a chain of later documents and posts. Also disclosed are systems and methods of machine scoring of user posts based on memos related to the expected veracity of cited sources, and the degree to which cited source material or verifiable online content may have been modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Stephen B. Heppe, Kenan G. Heppe, Trevor Wright
  • Patent number: 10027803
    Abstract: A method includes determining, at a processor of an automated attendant system, whether a customer service representative is available to speak with a caller. The method also includes scheduling a call back time in response to a determination that the customer service representative is not available to speak with the caller. The call back time indicates a time where the customer service representative will call the caller. The method further includes providing the call back time to the caller and receiving an availability flag from the caller at the call back time. The availability flag indicates whether the caller is available to receive a call from the customer service representative. The method also includes providing a call back signal to the customer service representative based on the availability flag. The call back signal indicates to the customer service representative whether to call the caller at the call back time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Krinsky, Jennifer Yates
  • Patent number: 10002358
    Abstract: Architectures and techniques are described related to identifying merchants associated with information obtained from a number of sources and storing portions of the information in data elements related to the merchants. The information may be provided in a structured format that enables the service provider to associate certain information with a particular merchant or in an unstructured format. The service provider may analyze the information received from the sources to determine whether the information includes any merchant identifying information. When the service provider identifies a merchant based on the merchant identifying information, the service provider may extract additional portions of the information received (e.g. merchant reviews, merchant attributes, etc.) and store those additional portions of information in the data element of the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael M. George, Gustavo E. Lopez, Bharathi Masilamani
  • Patent number: 9996860
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for promoting a service using a gifting model. For example, a gifting model, for a service (e.g., a multimedia content service that provides movies, music, apps, etc.), may specify what types of online users are eligible to be promoters and/or what online promotional gifts are available for promoters to gift to online recipient users. In an example, one or more online promotional gifts (e.g., a television show, a song, etc.) of the multimedia content service are exposed to an online user. A gift request is received from the online user. The gift request may specify an online recipient user and a selected online promotional gift (e.g., an action movie). The online promotional gift is provided to the online recipient user. In this way, online users may promote a service by providing promotional gifts, such as for free, to online recipient users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Jose Saura
  • Patent number: 9962959
    Abstract: According to an example, an apparatus may include a controller and a non-transitory computer readable medium on which is stored instructions. The instructions may cause the controller to predict that a user is to instruct a printing device to perform a printing operation, in which the printing device includes a dryer, identify the user in response to the prediction, to access a user profile corresponding to the identified user, in which the accessed profile identifies a type of document that the identified user typically prints, and to adjust a setting of the dryer according to the identified type of document in the accessed profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Yraceburu, Duane A. Koehler, Brooke Hoyer
  • Patent number: 9959564
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for providing confirmations for list modifications. A network page is sent to a client. The network page includes one or more components for requesting that one or more items be added to a list of items. The item(s) are added to the list of items in response to a request from the client. A display region is encoded for rendering in the client as a layer superimposed on the network page. The display region includes a confirmation that the item(s) have been added to the list of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Arjun Chittoor, Aaron M. Donsbach, Kenneth James Price, Jeffrey T. Brownell, Homer G. Morgan, III, Brent Russell Smith, Michael D. McDaniel
  • Patent number: 9928551
    Abstract: A derivative trade order at a home marketplace is routed to an away market place having a better price for a counter position to the order where it is executed. The executed order triggers creation of a “balance derivative trade” at the home marketplace to balance at a home clearing house the away trade. The home clearing house uses the balance derivative trade to create derivative positions of the balance derivative trade and informs a balancing clearing entity which manages the balance derivative trade obligations. The balance derivative trade order account permits netting and reduced margin benefits for the trading participant. A dual derivative exercise operation allows balance derivative positions to be performed in one day to reduce overnight risk for the clearing entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: NASDAQ TECHNOLOGY AB
    Inventors: Mattias Kronwall, Cecilia StÅhl, Magnus Josefsson
  • Patent number: 9922355
    Abstract: There is provided, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a system, platform and method to provide shared order management based on a shared order platform used by buyers and suppliers. In some embodiments the order management platform includes an order server in a communications cloud, coupled to an order database; a shared order platform adapted to facilitate usage by one or more authorized buyers and/or suppliers, wherein the shared order platform includes a shared structured document with order related data layers; and a tokenized link with an address linking to the shared order platform, where the tokenized link is adapted to allow entry into the shared order platform via entering a page defined within the tokenized link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SIMPLE ORDER LTD.
    Inventors: Arik Mezan, Amir Zelig, Guy Even Ezra, Elliott Hool
  • Patent number: 9886674
    Abstract: A processor marks non-linear attributes of each member of a known cohort by marking fields associated with the non-linear attributes in a database used to store information about members of the known cohort, where the known cohort is a task directed community that has a known agenda, where each of the non-linear attributes is individually unrelated to the known agenda, and where there is no logical nexus between any of the non-linear attributes and a particular person's membership in the known cohort. The processor utilizes marked fields in the database to identify common non-linear attributes that are shared by multiple members of the known cohort, and defines a paradigmatic member of the known cohort. The processor maps and tags the paradigmatic member in the database for future retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Friedlander, James R. Kraemer
  • Patent number: 9860205
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward systems and method for managing social networking system for-sale groups. For example, systems and method described herein identify sale listings within social networking system for-sale groups and aggregates the identified sale listings into a personal town square for a particular social networking system user. Furthermore, systems and methods can reorder the personal town square based on likes and interests of the social networking system user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Deborah Liu, Mary Pao-an Ku, Bowen Pan, Derek Cheng
  • Patent number: 9852466
    Abstract: Approving a group purchase request for a group of articles. A sub-group of articles is selected, wherein a unique article approval index is assigned to each of the articles and a highest article approval index is determined among the unique article approval indexes of the articles of the group, wherein the article of the group is selected into the sub-group if the article of the group complies with at least one of following article selection criteria: the unique article approval index of the article of the group is above a predetermined approval index threshold and the unique approval index of the article of the group is equal to the highest article approval index; approving the group purchase request for the group if the group purchase request for the sub-group is approved; and rejecting the group purchase request for the group if the group purchase request for the sub-group is rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Victor Rafael Escobar Olmos, Jakob C. Lang, Tomas Libal, Angel Nunez Mencias, Fabian Romanowski, Sven Sterbling
  • Patent number: 9836539
    Abstract: Methods and system for providing a list of recommended items in response to a query includes obtaining user navigation information relevant to the query from a plurality of user access logs associated with the plurality of users. The user access logs define the navigation sequence followed by a plurality of users for a plurality of queries. The navigation sequence represents the users browsing behavior and identifies answers to the queries. A set of temporal parameters for analyzing the user navigation information is identified. The temporal parameters define time frame for analyzing the user navigation information. A list of recommended items to navigate is dynamically generated by analyzing user navigation information obtained from user access logs using temporal parameters. The generated list includes items that are most relevant to the query. The generated list of items is returned in response to the query and represents an optimal result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Yahoo Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Meng-Fen Chiang, Wen-Chih Peng
  • Patent number: 9811851
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for defining subcategories of items to be used in merchandising. The subcategories may be defined on the basis of item data and/or sales data for the items. Based on a distribution of the items in accordance with one or more of the item and/or sales data, implicit groups or subcategories can be identified and selected for merchandising purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric B. Fox, Logan Luyet Dillard, Scott Allen Mongrain
  • Patent number: 9805411
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recommending and implementing network documents for users to offer items in a marketplace may be provided. A system can obtain user data that includes an item offered by a user in a first electronic marketplace. For example, the system can identify and catalog items offered by a particular user. The system can identify a second electronic marketplace for the user to offer the item. The system can determine implementation information for the second electronic marketplace. The system can generate a network document for the at least one item that is configured to be presented in the second electronic marketplace based at least in part on the implementation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil Singh Parihar, Huy Quang Dang, Janani Sowprnika Arvind, Joe Jony Jeyaratnam, Surya Kumar Senapati, Sarvesh Ganapati Pai, Sai Kishore Pavuluri, Edgardo Veloz Arroyo
  • Patent number: 9805179
    Abstract: A system and method for scheduling tasks associated with controlling access to databases. The system and method relate to scheduling tasks for data requesting systems that satisfy particular conditions. For example, data requesting systems that satisfy the conditions may have associated tasks stored in a queue during a first processing phase. Data requesting systems that do not satisfy the conditions may have associated tasks inhibited from being stored in the queue during the first processing phase, but these tasks may be stored in the queue during a later second processing phase. Tasks stored in the queue during the first processing phase may be processed before tasks stored in the queue during the second processing phase. For example, the tasks may correspond to accessing a database for querying data representing access rights to a resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert McEwen, Debbie Hsu, John Carnahan, Vasanth Kumar
  • Patent number: 9792634
    Abstract: The present invention includes: acquiring inventory information related to the number of stock of a product, from a product storage means which stores the inventory information and acquiring a product image showing an image related to the product, from a product image storage means which stores the product image (S1), generating a web page for causing the product image which changes in response to the number of stock to be displayed on a terminal device and transmitting the generated web page to the terminal device to display (S3 to S7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Soh Masuko
  • Patent number: 9792389
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, an information management application that provides users with the ability to create and customize matrix displays of information relating to a particular product or service for navigation by other users is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Visible World, Inc.
    Inventor: Seth Haberman
  • Patent number: 9785911
    Abstract: A method and system for piece-picking or piece put-away within a logistics facility. The system includes a central server and at least one mobile manipulation robot. The central server is configured to communicate with the robots to send and receive piece-picking data which includes a unique identification for each piece to be picked, a location within the logistics facility of the pieces to be picked, and a route for the robot to take within the logistics facility. The robots can then autonomously navigate and position themselves within the logistics facility by recognition of landmarks by at least one of a plurality of sensors. The sensors also provide signals related to detection, identification, and location of a piece to be picked or put-away, and processors on the robots analyze the sensor information to generate movements of a unique articulated arm and end effector on the robot to pick or put-away the piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: I AM Robotics, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Galluzzo, Jean-Sebastien Valois, Vladimir Altman
  • Patent number: 9772754
    Abstract: A network-based graphical progress management tool generates information for providing a graphical user interface to a plurality of users using a plurality of processing devices on a network, to enable a user to create a graphical representation of a process, and to enable the plurality of users to view and edit the graphical representation of the process collaboratively via the network. The tool further receives, from at least one of the plurality of users, user input specifying progress made in performance of the process, and updates the graphical representation to indicate the progress visually, in response to the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: PROGRESSLY, INC.
    Inventor: Clarence Wooten
  • Patent number: 9760904
    Abstract: A system and method for generating an electronic catalog for online computer users is disclosed. The system and method in an example embodiment include generating a tagged webpage template corresponding to a seller site; using the tagged webpage template to extract item information from the seller site; storing the extracted item information in a database of item listings; enabling selection of a plurality of item listings from at least some of the item listings provided in the database; enabling arrangement of the plurality of selected item listings on a plurality of pages in a computer-generated electronic catalog; recording an identifier of the computer-generated electronic catalog; and recording information associating each of the plurality of selected item listings with the identifier of the computer-generated electronic catalog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Sameer Hassan
  • Patent number: 9721285
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for the facilitation of authorized in-store pickup in conjunction with online ordering. A request to process an order of an item selected by a customer and placed through a website may be received. The website may be transformed to a cart fulfillment web page including a fulfillment interface. Through the fulfillment interface, a selection of an option for in-store pickup by a third party may be received from the customer. Through the fulfillment interface, identifying information regarding the third party, pickup details associated with the in-store pickup of the item by the third party, and a preferred notification method for contacting the third party may also be received from the customer. An authorization pickup record related to the in-store pickup of the item by the third party may be generated. The authorization pickup record may be transmitted to the third party via the preferred notification method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Home Depot Product Authority, LLC
    Inventors: Mary B. Jones, Jenna Floyd, Ashley Yancey, Carly Westcott, Emily Knox, Shannon Chister, Reid Tarentino, Sastry Akella, Nathan Hawk, Brandon Knox, Christopher Nuckles, Todd Stormes, Angie Brown
  • Patent number: 9697561
    Abstract: A customer purchasing workflow management functionality related to a customer account hosted by a vendor system is presented on a client computing device in a dashboard page. The system allows a customer to visualize purchasing workflows and processes by authorized purchasers and by authorized approvers, including the spending and approval limits associated with each, and the relationships therebetween. The system further provides for editing of the stored information comprising the purchasing workflows and processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: W.W. GRAINGER, INC.
    Inventors: Andre Luis Wilman Rego, Julie A. Dierwechter, Craig Millman, Arlen James Young, Ezio Enrico Magarotto, Bryan David Anderson
  • Patent number: 9690843
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and an apparatus for storing data classification structure. Based on an initial classification structure tree, a reorganized classification structure tree that stores data classifications structure differently from that of the initial classification structure is generated. As the reorganized classification structure tree is flexible, when maintaining data and searching data by using the search engine, the present techniques may quickly find the desired data, thereby reducing the heavy burden of the search engine under the conventional techniques to conduct data search and high pressure of conducting data maintenance and data search. Further, the present techniques may not only reduce the burden of the search engine, but also relieve the pressure for maintaining data and searching data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventors: Baihan Kong, Mei He, Jie Zhou
  • Patent number: 9652731
    Abstract: A user requests a package delivery from a package delivery system. The package delivery system provides the user with a machine-readable code for display at the delivery location. An aerial delivery device receives, from the package delivery system computing device, information associated with the delivery location of the package. The information comprises information matching the information in the machine-readable code associated with the delivery location and a delivery address. The delivery device secures the package for transporting to the delivery location and transports the package to the delivery address. The delivery device locates the machine-readable code on a display at the delivery address and verifies that the information from the machine-readable code is associated with the package. The delivery device deposits the package on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Brian Daniel Shucker, Brandon Kyle Trew
  • Patent number: 9607330
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the disclosure, a method for peer-assisted shopping, the method includes initiating, on a first endpoint corresponding to a first user, a display of media content. The method also includes initiating, on the first endpoint, an interactive feature configured to allow the first user to interact with the first endpoint in response to the display of media content. The method further includes initiating, on the first endpoint, an option for the first user to invoke a communication request with at least a second user corresponding to at least a second endpoint. Moreover, the method includes, upon selection of the option, initiating a connection request with the at least a second endpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Cinsay, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert K. Spitz, Sergey Sundukovskiy, Delfino Galindo, Jr., Todd Downing, Christian Briggs
  • Patent number: 9600821
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a web page presented to a user includes a header section that substantially spans the top of the web page and provides a menu of selectable options as well as a search input box. A product display region may be presented below the header and display images and information about a selected product. A product carousel may be presented below the product display region and show information about other products in a horizontally scrollable list. Two columns of various types of product review information provided by sources such as professional reviewers, existing owners, and the user's friends may be displayed below the product carousel. A sortable and filterable grid of products may be displayed below the review information such that the user's attention is drawn to the variety of products available for purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael F. Gonsalves, Gregory M. Nations, Chad R. Gourley, Patricia Korth-McDonnell, Sarah E. Schoeffler, Joe Stewart
  • Patent number: 9554321
    Abstract: A method of initiating a telecommunication session for a communication device include submitting to one or more telecommunication carriers a proposal for a telecommunication session, receiving from at least one of the one or more of telecommunication carriers a bid to carry the telecommunications session, and automatically selecting one of the telecommunications carriers from the carriers submitting a bid, and initiating the telecommunication session through the selected telecommunication carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Shumeet Baluja, Michael Chu, Mayumi Matsuno
  • Patent number: 9373098
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices of the various embodiments enable cartonization of products for store replenishment based on the individual store layout of each store of a group of stores to which the cartonized products are to be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventors: Hazem Nizar An Nashif, Thomas Frederick Brady
  • Patent number: 9336506
    Abstract: A user requests a package delivery from a package delivery system. The package delivery system provides the user with a machine-readable code for display at the delivery location. An aerial delivery device receives, from the package delivery system computing device, information associated with the delivery location of the package. The information comprises information matching the information in the machine-readable code associated with the delivery location and a delivery address. The delivery device secures the package for transporting to the delivery location and transports the package to the delivery address. The delivery device locates the machine-readable code on a display at the delivery address and verifies that the information from the machine-readable code is associated with the package. The delivery device deposits the package on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Brian Daniel Shucker, Brandon Kyle Trew
  • Patent number: 9311650
    Abstract: Adjusting search results ranking is disclosed, including: receiving a search query comprising one or more keywords submitted by a user; determining intermediate ranked results comprising a plurality of sets of product information matching the one or more keywords; determining a trust level value associated with the user with respect to a first seller of a plurality of sellers associated with the intermediate ranked results, wherein the trust level value is determined based at least in part on one or more historical user product information evaluation records associated with the first seller submitted by the user; and adjusting ranking associated with the intermediate ranked results based at least in part on the determined trust level value associated with the user with respect to the first seller to determine final ranked results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Jiasen Li
  • Patent number: 9294806
    Abstract: The various embodiments disclosed herein provide methods, systems, and devices for capturing broadcast streams, analyzing the broadcast streams to obtain information about the media content transmitted in the broadcast streams, obtaining additional information about the media content if available, and assigning a unique event identifier specific to the instance of broadcast of the broadcast stream and/or media segment transmitted in the broadcast stream. In other embodiments, the unique event identifier is broadcasted to broadcast receiving devices. With the unique event identifier, broadcast receiving devices can access the obtained information associated with the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: STRATOSAUDIO, INC.
    Inventors: Kelly M. Christensen, John Phillip Hansen, Thomas Daniel Mock
  • Patent number: 9119138
    Abstract: A method of initiating a telecommunication session for a communication device include submitting to one or more telecommunication carriers a proposal for a telecommunication session, receiving from at least one of the one or more of telecommunication carriers a bid to carry the telecommunications session, and automatically selecting one of the telecommunications carriers from the carriers submitting a bid, and initiating the telecommunication session through the selected telecommunication carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Shumeet Baluja, Michael Chu, Mayumi Matsuno
  • Publication number: 20150149316
    Abstract: A method and system of conducting online group purchase is implemented through a computer network including a seller's computer device and a purchaser's terminal device. The method includes showing a product on a website and displaying an initial price and a time period of an online sale of the product, starting a time counter, tracking and displaying a cumulative total quantity of the product currently ordered by all purchasers since the beginning of the online sale, and updating in real time the cumulative total quantity each time a new order is received from a new purchaser. When the cumulative quantity reaches a volume threshold value, a discounted price is released for the product, which is displayed on the website. Once the time period of the online sale has elapsed, all the purchasers are notified to proceed to payment based on the discounted price.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Taobaby Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien Hao CHEN
  • Publication number: 20150120482
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to electronic commerce and/or procurement in which buyers and suppliers are linked via an electronic marketplace in a cloud computing environment. Orders are placed by buyers to be executed and delivered by suppliers. An efficient electronic procurement network uses a mathematical optimization algorithm to minimize order costs while adhering to buyer requirements, optimization parameters, and supplier constraints. Suppliers input updated product information, as well as various constraints relating to the products, into the electronic marketplace to be used by the optimization algorithm. In some embodiments, multiple transaction options are provided to the buyer, with the multiple options determined by relaxing one or more of the buyer requirements and optimization parameters in the optimization algorithm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Elias Kourpas, Nikolaos V. Sahinidis
  • Publication number: 20150112827
    Abstract: Offers are provided based on an aggregate need. Data is collected data from a plurality of different communication devices. The data collected from each respective communication device indicates a need for a product associated with the respective communication device. An aggregate need for the product is determined based on the collected data. A determination is also made whether the aggregate need for the product meets a threshold. Responsive to determining that the aggregate need for the product meets the threshold, an offer for fulfilling the need for the product is sent to each respective communication device from which the data was collected that indicated the need for the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Braxton Davis, Ari Craine
  • Publication number: 20150100446
    Abstract: An apparatus, and an associated method, facilitates purchase of a commerce item by a prospective buyer. The prospective buyer submits information associated with a commerce item that the prospective buyer desires to sell. The information is posted, available to prospective sellers of the commerce item. The prospective sellers submit bids, and the prospective buyer selects from amongst the submitted bids to purchase the commerce item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Rami Alfalahi
  • Patent number: 9003064
    Abstract: A method for managing a B2B electronic commerce community, wherein a plurality of B2B partners interact with a hub entity via a plurality of B2B applications, includes receiving interaction information describing interactions of a B2B partner with at least one of the B2B applications. The interaction information may describe a material flow, correspondence, transactions, notices, relationships, and so forth, between the B2B partner and the hub. Based at least in part on the received interaction information, the method develops a community manager that supports a common set of community management modules in communication with each of the B2B applications and maintains a single, hub-wide view of each of the B2B partners. The modules may include, as examples, modules for new partner on-boarding, community maintenance, improvement, and networking including social network tooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Todd L. Margo, Dianne K. Blankenbaker, George Michael Middlebrook
  • Publication number: 20150095177
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and apparatus for providing subscriber eligibility verification using community validation. The method comprises: receiving credentials to verify a user as eligible to be a member of a group; matching the credentials to member information of a plurality of verified members of the group; requesting a reference from a plurality of matched verified members of the group, verifying that the user is eligible to be a member of the group; and validating the user as a member of the group upon receipt of at least one of the requested references.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Ajay Jain, Sanjeev Kumar Biswas
  • Publication number: 20150095178
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for group discount pricing for mobile content. The system first provides a group invitational content associated with an item for presentation at a display, the group invitational content indicating a discount price provided for the item if a number of offers are made to purchase the item within a period of time. Next, the system receives an offer to purchase the item at the discount price according to the group invitational content. The system then sends an indication of the offer to a list of purchases associated with the group invitational content, the indication prompting the offer to be added to the list of purchases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc
    Inventors: Mehul K. Sanghavi, Michael Froimowitz Greenzeiger, Ravindra Phulari