Auction Patents (Class 705/26.3)
  • Patent number: 10291417
    Abstract: A method and system for providing distributed network access point installation and management. A network provider installs and/or operates a plurality of access points at locations of a retail entity. Each access point may provide services such as Internet access, and/or content such as audio, video, text, and/or graphics, among other types of services. A carrier, such as a telephone or cable company, may compensate the network service provider for installation and operation of the access points. The carrier may in turn charge its subscribers for network access at the retail entity locations. A plurality of different carriers may provide compensation and allow respective subscriber access. The network access points may be configured to allow each carrier to present a point of presence to its subscribers at the retail entity locations. The installed network may also provide service for retail entity back office functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: WAYPORT, INC.
    Inventors: David J. Vucina, Gregory G. Williams, James D. Keeler, Scott W. Martin, Todd L. Mathis
  • Patent number: 10282779
    Abstract: A system and method for an interactive, computer-assisted on-line auction wherein at least one array of images of objects for auction are scrolled on a display device so that a viewer can view the objects, obtain detailed information regarding objects of interest an submit bids on those objects the viewer desires to purchase. The objects in the array can be sorted into rows and columns by criteria such as manufacturer, type of good, or time until which bids are accepted. The system can include an array for objects that can currently be bid upon and another array for objects that can be bid upon at a future time. Certain objects of interest to a viewer can be selectively rotated for three-dimensional viewing by clicking on an appropriate button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Catherine Lin-Hendel
  • Patent number: 10270711
    Abstract: Efficient cloud service capacity scaling is disclosed. For example, a plurality of services are configured to execute on a plurality of isolated guests, each service being in a real-time latency tolerance or a retriable latency tolerance. A first service in the real-time latency tolerance is added to a scheduling queue while second and third services in the retriable latency tolerance and execute in the plurality of isolated guests. A scheduler determines that a current computing capacity of the plurality of isolated guests is below a minimum capacity threshold. The scheduler determines whether to elevate the second and/or the third service to the real-time latency tolerance. The scheduler determines to, and then elevates the second service to the real-time latency tolerance. The scheduler determines not to elevate the third service, which is then terminated, freeing computing capacity. The first service is then executed in the plurality of isolated guests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventors: Huamin Chen, Jay Vyas
  • Patent number: 10255608
    Abstract: Techniques are provided that can be used in advertising campaign management in connection with auction-based online advertising. A tool is provided, for use by advertisers or advertising campaign managers, for being provided with, in connection with specified parameters, an indication of a competitive bid and a non-competitive bid. The tool may also provide an actual, estimated, or projected bid, which may be associated with an advertising campaign or a portion thereof, for comparison with the competitive bid and the non-competitive bid. The tool may allow assessment of a competitive bid landscape and help allow determination of an optimal bid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Prasad V. Kulkarni, Arun Ramanujapuram, Sandeep Hejmadi, Subrahmanyam Divakarla
  • Patent number: 10237419
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to generate audience measurement data from population sample data having incomplete demographic classifications are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventors: Dipti Umesh Shah, Antonia Toupet
  • Patent number: 10223408
    Abstract: A database load tool includes a user interface, a retrieval engine, an authorization engine, and an update engine. The a user interface receives a request to add to a database a first table comprising a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns. The retrieval engine retrieves an authorization table from the database. The authorization table is separate from the table and indicates a plurality of users who are authorized to edit the database. The authorization engine determines whether the plurality of users includes the user. The update engine: generates a first Structured Query Language query to create in the database a second table; generates, for each row of the plurality of rows, a second Structured Query Language query to add that row to the second table; and communicates the first and second Structured Query Language queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Bank of America
    Inventors: Mitul S. Shah, Ruchi R. Jain
  • Patent number: 10169831
    Abstract: This present disclosure discloses techniques for establishing social network service (SNS) relationship. According to the techniques, online payment information of the first user and/or the second user are obtained from the database of the online transaction platform. Using this online payment information, it is determined whether the first user and the second user know each other. If they do, a message to establish an SNS relationship establishment is sent to the first user. The message contains personal information of the second user and allows the first user to decide whether to establish the relationship. The techniques therefore improve security and success rates in establishing SNS relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Jiawen Wang
  • Patent number: 10164973
    Abstract: Techniques provided herein relate to electronic authentication on public systems. A backend system receives at least one electronic data action request from a publicly available client system that is shared amongst a plurality of users. At least a portion of the primary authentication information is received from a secondary device separate from the publicly available client system. The electronic data action request is authenticated by determining if the primary authentication information matches expected primary authentication information that is expected to complete the electronic data action request. Performance of the electronic data action request is facilitated when the primary authentication information matches the expected primary authentication information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bharat Prasad, Charles Lee Oakes, III, Gunjan C. Vijayvergia, Vijay Jayapalan, Thomas Bret Buckingham
  • Patent number: 10157356
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to modeling resource allocations. A data model may be provided to an activity modeling engine. The activity modeling engine may be employed to provide an activity model based on the data model, such that the activity model may include activity objects that each may be associated with bills-of-materials (BOMs). Resource allocations from source activity objects to target activity objects may be provided based on the BOMs, such that the resource allocations may be modeled using unit values defined by the BOMs. A report visualizing the activity model may be provided and presented on a hardware display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Apptio, Inc.
    Inventors: Israel Hilerio, Su Shen, Peter Whitney Goubert, Nikolas Charles Besagno, David Alexander Brokaw, Mikalai Panasiuk
  • Patent number: 10133604
    Abstract: In response to a selection of a program, a board image display control section sets program related information associated with the selected program in a displayable state. An execution start managing section starts the program in response to reception of a request to start the program, the program related information associated with the program being set in the displayable state. A stop and end managing section ends an already started program when a given condition is satisfied at a time of starting the program by the execution start managing section. A setting of program related information associated with the ended program is maintained in a displayable state even after the program is ended by the stop and end managing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakagawa, Takashi Hatakeda, Akihito Nagata, Yumi Kataoka, Toru Morita, Wataru Kaneko, Kousuke Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10134086
    Abstract: An environment is established in which a variety of participating entities, including but not limited to auction houses, manufacturers, third party product and service providers, individuals, etc., can interface and benefit from the vast amount of data that is naturally collected or assimilated in the process of evaluating products to be introduced to an auction line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: XCIRA, INC.
    Inventors: Nancy J Rabenold, James A Simmons
  • Patent number: 10127118
    Abstract: A method for backing up and restoring search service applications (SSAs) is provided that backs up an SSA topology extensible markup language (XML) file to a backup system. The method then backs up an SSA search topology XML file to the backup system and backs up SSA databases to the backup system. An application programming interface (API) is queried to discover internet information services (IIS) virtual directories associated with the SSA. Discovered IIS virtual directories associated with the SSA are backed up to the backup system IIS configuration data, IIS metabase data and registry data for the SSA are also backed up to the backup system. A similar process is utilized to restore this data to enable the recovery of an SSA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Anupam Chakraborty, Tushar Dethe, Sunil K. Yadav, Pradeep Anappa, Amarendra Behera, Aditya Kapoor
  • Patent number: 10117049
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, circuits, systems and associated computer executable code for detecting the presence of a mobile computing device in a specific area. Included are means for receiving a message from the mobile device including a coarse location indicator, determining that the received coarse location indicator is in proximity with one or more local (e.g. retailer) stations, and causing at least one of the one or more local stations to transmit a mobile device specific poling signal to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: LOYALBLOCKS LTD.
    Inventors: Ido Gaver, Eran Kirshenboim
  • Patent number: 10095771
    Abstract: A multi-level approach for generating suggestions and/or recommendations associated with one or more items is provided. A group of related items may be identified, for example, by generating a collaborative filtering graph or other graph that includes items and connections between the items. Description data associated with items included in the group may be evaluated in order to determine respective keywords associated with the items and/or a list of common keywords representative of the group of items or a subset of the group of items. Based at least in part upon the list of common keywords, at least one suggestion may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron James Dykstra, Saurabh Nangia, Stephen B. Ivie, David Michael Hurley
  • Patent number: 10083463
    Abstract: A system, an apparatus, a device, a method, and computer readable medium are disclosed. In an example, a server may be configured at least to perform identifying a consumer associated with a device, generating a consumer vector comprising a consumer interest score for each of a plurality of items, generating a second vector, selecting a subset of the plurality of items, and adjusting at least two visual attributes of each item in the subset for display in a graphical user interface based on the consumer vector and the second vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: WATZAN, LLC
    Inventor: Charles David Benaiah
  • Patent number: 10074146
    Abstract: An electronic negotiation system is set forth. The system includes a first processor adapted to generate and send at least one unsolicited electronic offer from a registered buyer electronic device via a subscriber network device to at least one of a registered seller electronic device and a seller electronic device. The subscriber network device is adapted for operative communication with the first processor and at least one of the registered seller electronic device and the seller electronic device adapted to receive the unsolicited electronic offer. The first processor selectively incorporates screenshot information from a seller URL, which includes any data from the seller URL, in which the unsolicited electronic offer is selectively incorporated and sent to the seller electronic device, or the at least one unsolicited electronic offer is sent to the registered seller electronic device having registered user data stored in the data storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Adam Selsby
  • Patent number: 10068241
    Abstract: Example dynamic pricing systems and methods are described. In one implementation, a method receives an indication of an occurrence of a first event unrelated to a particular customer. The method also receives an indication of an occurrence of a second event unrelated to a particular customer. Based on the first event and the second event, the method determines whether to adjust a price associated with a particular item. If the method determines that the price associated with the particular item needs adjustment, a new price for the particular item is determined based on the first event and the second event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Amaresh Nayak, Vijay Patil
  • Patent number: 10068285
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to multi-dimensional surface-based bid matching. An aspect includes receiving a bid from a first user, the bid comprising a plurality of ranges, wherein each range of the plurality of ranges corresponds to a respective dimension of a plurality of dimensions. Another aspect includes determining a first bid surface in the plurality of dimensions based on the plurality of ranges of the bid of the first user. Another aspect includes modifying the first bid surface based on a match to the bid of the first user, the match comprising a point on a second bid surface corresponding to a bid from a second user. Another aspect includes wherein, if the first user comprises a work requester, the second user comprises a work producer, and if the first user comprises a work producer, the second user comprises a work requester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Melissa Cefkin, Tobin J. Lehman, Yolanda A. Rankin, H. Raymond Strong, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10068268
    Abstract: Provided is a location-based transaction processing method and system using a communication device. The location-based transaction processing method may include providing information on a display frequency for each area displayed on a map service to a storekeeper terminal, and creating a market POI indicating a virtual marketplace of a storekeeper at a location selected by the storekeeper terminal based on the display frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Thinkware Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun Joong Yu, Won Jun Heo, Jun Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10042883
    Abstract: This invention is a system for providing persistence searching for consumer items that performs the steps of: retrieving a set of get requests uniquely associated with external vendor sites wherein each get request is specifically formatted for its external vendor site and simultaneously transmitting the set of get requests to the respective external vendor sites. Asynchronously receiving current results from the external vendor sites, extracting the price from the current results for each item contained in the current results received from the external vendor sites, comparing the extracted price of the current results with the price of a previously stored results, generating a notification and including in the notification, a link to the external vendor site to provide a purchasing opportunity to a user where the price of the current results is lower than the price of the stored results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Zumur, LLC
    Inventors: Abhishek Tiwari, Jack Shedd, Brian William Wolter
  • Patent number: 10036638
    Abstract: Systems and methods including mobile devices determining their locations using location determination units, such as GPS receivers. A computing device generates a statistical measurement of location pattern changes in relation to a predetermined region for a predetermined period of time. The measurement is generated from a difference between the average response of exposed mobile devices and the average response of non-exposed mobile devices, where each of the exposed/non-exposed mobile devices is selected for having a home location or a visitation pattern within an activity area associated with the predetermined region, and each response of a mobile device is based on determining whether locations of the mobile device is within the predetermined region and counts of visitations to the predetermined region by the mobile device in different time intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: NINTHDECIMAL, INC.
    Inventors: Paolo D'Alberto, Veronica Milenkiy, Ahmad Fairiz Azizi, Mark Christopher Dixon
  • Patent number: 10032216
    Abstract: A method for buying and selling vehicles includes receiving information identifying a vehicle, retrieving condition data corresponding to the vehicle from a condition database, wherein a device inside the vehicle generates at least some of the condition data while the vehicle is being operated, and analyzing the condition data to determine a condition of the vehicle, wherein the condition of the vehicle relates to at least one of a quality or a value of the vehicle. Further, the method includes communicating an indication of the vehicle condition to an end user device, and, in response to the indication of the vehicle condition, receiving an offer to purchase the vehicle. A notification is generated based on the offer to purchase the vehicle, wherein the notification indicates a status of a purchase of the vehicle according to the offer to purchase the vehicle, and the notification is communicated to the end user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Todd Binion, Kelly S. Minter, Heidi Brown-McCreery, Michael Harris, Jeremy Myers, Brian Fields, Joe Harr
  • Patent number: 10021254
    Abstract: A device may receive a request for imaging of a particular location. The device may identify one or more sensors associated with imaging the particular location. The device may select a sensor, of the one or more sensors, for imaging the particular location. The sensor may be associated with an autonomous vehicle. The device may cause the autonomous vehicle to move the sensor to the particular location. The device may receive imaging of the particular location based on causing the autonomous vehicle to move the sensor to the particular location. The device may selectively combine the imaging of the particular location with archived other imaging of the particular location. The device may provide imaging of the particular location to fulfill the request for imaging of the particular location based on selectively combining the imaging of the particular location with archived imaging of the particular location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Doyle, James Ronald Barfield, Jr., Alex D. Berkobin, Thomas Steven Taylor, Bryant Elliott, Eric Berkobin, Hamsa Ibrahim, Sneha Akula, Dwight Hartman
  • Patent number: 10019753
    Abstract: A system and method for interactive, computer-assisted object presentation in which object information is displayed in one more arrays, The object information is displayed in a two dimensional array wherein displayed object information can be selected by a user. In response to the selection, additional information may be displayed about an object corresponding to the selected information such as a link to permit a user to buy the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Catherine G. Hendel
  • Patent number: 10002375
    Abstract: Users of an electronic marketplace may be provided with an interface to suggest associating one or more tag identifiers, such as a hashtag identifier, with items that are offered for sale. Records associating the suggested tag identifiers and items for sale may be stored, and searched by other users, in order to provide purchase recommendations, which may not otherwise be available using product-descriptive searches. For example, tag identifiers may be used to associate products and/or services with events, such as a particular birthday or anniversary, and users can easily search for items based on intuitive tag identifiers, such as #8thbirthday, #10thanniversary, #firsttimedad, etc. The associations between the items and the tag identifiers may be dynamically updated based on various factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Wallace Scythes, Rhys Brooks Trammell, Melissa Naarden Burdick, Chrystal Kalini Stansell, Jeremiah Lee Morgan, Alexander Martin Chamas
  • Patent number: 9996875
    Abstract: A method and computer program product is provided for an online bidding system. The method may include receiving a plurality of bids from a plurality of online bidding communities during a live auction event at one of a primary technology provider and a relying technology provider, wherein the live auction event simultaneously occurs on a physical auction floor and virtually. The method may also include processing the plurality of bids at the primary technology provider. The method may further include providing the processed plurality of bids to a single designated clerking console associated with the primary technology provider for the live auction event. The method may also include receiving an accepted bid from the single designated clerking console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: INVALUABLE, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Charles, Rob Ehlert, Rod Funston, Michael A. Greenstein, Michael L. Kaplan, Scott Miles, Sean Quimby
  • Patent number: 9965462
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a user expresses his/her sentiment in a message, blog post, social media post, or other online communication and explicitly identifies that sentiment with a symbol (such as an asterisk). This explicitly identified sentiment is recorded in a database of individual and public opinions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: TENGRADE, INC.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Werth, Stuart Strumwasser
  • Patent number: 9959571
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for user-published interactive widgets for auctions hosted by an auction forum resource. Examples include an auction forum configured to generate a script associated with an auction upon a publisher-request, and to provide the script to be published on the publisher's resource, resulting in an external interactive component displayed on the publisher's resource. Example features may be configured to respond to user inputs submitted from the interactive component. Furthermore, reward logic can be included to issue a reward to the publisher associated with the script request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Ten-X, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Friedman
  • Patent number: 9947029
    Abstract: A method holding an auction for impressions in an online advertising platform includes defining auction tiers, with each tier having associated attributes. The tier attributes include a tier priority, an eligible bidder list, and a minimum bid threshold. Bids for the impressions are received from impression buyers, each bid being associated with an impression bidder and a bid value. For each received bid, the highest priority tier for which the tier attributes are satisfied by the bid attributes is determined, and that tier is associated with the bid. After assigning each bid to a tier, the highest priority tier with at least one bid is selected as the active auction tier. The winner of the auction is then determined based on the bids associated with the active tier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AppNexus Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Collette, Andrew S. Dilling, Theresa Vu
  • Patent number: 9947059
    Abstract: A system platform and associated methods are provided for implementing online reverse auctions in a social network platform (SNP). A fully-automated, live, reverse-auction based system is integrated into an SNP to enable buyers to initiate desired transactions and take advantage of a subscribers' network of friends, colleagues, co-workers, family members and connections by connecting buyers and sellers in a non-intrusive, targeted fashion. Sellers compete for buyers' business by providing dynamic, real-time seller-specific pricing while simultaneously optimizing the seller's target parameters such as price, inventory levels, profit, revenue and volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: Mukesh Chatter, Rohit Goyal, Priti Chatter, Shiao-bin Soong
  • Patent number: 9936353
    Abstract: A search request transmitted by a first mobile terminal may be received. The search request may carry location information of the first mobile terminal, when the first mobile terminal transmits the search request. A corresponding grid number may be obtained, based on the location information. The grid number is configured to identify a preset longitude and latitude range of the earth sphere. Information searching for may be obtained based on the grid number. Information searched out may be transmitted to the first mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Yuanfang Lv, Yongfa Li, Qiong Wang, Yuxiang Fan, Huaheng Fan
  • Patent number: 9904954
    Abstract: Bidding activity is analyzed over a duration in which multiple bids are received in the auction. A bid increment is dynamically determined for the auction in response to auction activity. An online auction system can utilize the bid increment to determine or suggest the next bid that can be received in the auction for purpose of supplanting the current bid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: TEN-X, LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth O'Brien, Samuel Harrity
  • Patent number: 9875426
    Abstract: A user captures images on a user computing device. The user signs in to an application, which transmits the user's images to an account management system, which recognizes objects within the images and assigns one or more object categories to the images and recognizes multiple images comprising objects in a common object category. After receiving user consent, the application groups the images on the user computing device according to object category. The user computing device captures an image of another object. The application transmits the image to the account management system, which detects objects within the image, identifies the object category, and saves the image to the corresponding object category group on the user computing device. After receiving user consent, the account management system finds information for each image in the object category group of images and transmits the information to the user computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Maryam Tohidi
  • Patent number: 9865013
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure can include systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media configured to receive information from a plurality of computing devices associated with a plurality of collaborating users in online collaboration to create a product connection displayed online as associated goods or services. The information from the plurality of computing devices can include selections of images associated with the goods or services. The product connection can be created based on the information from the plurality of computing devices. The product connection can be provided for display to users of a social shopping system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Bondswell, Inc.
    Inventor: Michelle Tsing
  • Patent number: 9853860
    Abstract: A preferred communication application hierarchy that specifies user priorities for application selection for communication sessions and functional communication capabilities of each prioritized application is configured for at least one user of a group of users. A real-time communication request, initiated by a user with a configured preferred communication application hierarchy, is detected that specifies a particular type of communication functionality and that includes an indication of another one of the group of users as a requested communication recipient. Responsive to detecting the real-time communication request that specifies the particular type of communication functionality, a highest-priority application usable to perform the specified particular type of communication functionality with a communication device of the requested communication recipient is selected from the configured preferred communication application hierarchy of the requesting user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Jonathan F. Brunn, Jeffrey R. Hoy, Asima Silva
  • Patent number: 9836774
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter relates to a computer-implemented architecture that can provide a non-invasive comparative shopping tool, such as a browser plug-in. For example, the plug-in can determine whether a web user is currently visiting a purchase page, thus indicating that the web user is likely to be interested in purchasing items online. Upon making this determination, the plug-in can display a non-invasive listing (that can be quickly and conveniently dismissed) of comparable items at favorable prices (or with favorable features, etc.) that are available for purchase at other web sites. In addition, the plug-in can communicate with a data store, e.g., by way of the web, in order to help make various determination as well as to receive the listing of comparable items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Darko Kirovski, Deepak Vijaywargiay
  • Patent number: 9824101
    Abstract: Excess capacity (or excess resources) can be used in a capacity controlled environment to effectively manage data storage of a database. In this context, excess capacity can, for example, be controlled used as needed, as configured and/or on a temporary basis. Management of data storage in a database can, for example, include operations associated with moving or relocating data of the database. Relocation of data can, for example, be performed to relocate data deemed to be “hot” data to a location that can provide a faster access time in order to improve the overall efficiency of the database system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Teradata US, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Julien, Louis Burger, Frank Roderic Vandervort
  • Patent number: 9779444
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for generating recommendations utilizing visual image analysis, for example, by inserting a representative image of an item in an empty region of a digital image. Representative images for an item may be determined by generating a score for each potential image for insertion into the digital image, where a representative image is selected having a highest score from the ranking. The representative image selected may be pre-processed such that the image appears naturally in the setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee:, Inc.
    Inventors: Ismet Zeki Yalniz, Sunil Ramesh
  • Patent number: 9767511
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product for automating an online auction service and bidder interacton including receiving a keyword searching based on the keyword product auctions of a plurality of auction sites; and may include using a search agent or a meta-search agent, and providing returned auctions, and may include presenting current status of product auctions. The method can monitor temporal progression of auctions, and can notify users of changes in status. A bid proxy can be activated as an auction nears completion placing bids until the auction is won or lost. In the event of a counter offer, a higher bid can be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Life Proxy LLC
    Inventor: Rob R. Montgomery
  • Patent number: 9743247
    Abstract: A navigation device, which works as a position information providing device for providing information on positions to a user, includes a terminal ECU that can log in management servers, each of which manages a social networking service (SNS) to which information can be posted, via a line network. The terminal ECU logs in the management servers via the line network in synchronization with a start operation of the navigation device to acquire the whole or a part of posting information on positions posted to the SNS by network users and accumulated in the management servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Masato Endo, Chihaya Todoroki, Hiroaki Sekiyama, Takayuki Sumiya
  • Patent number: 9720418
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle may be partially controlled or monitored by a remote endpoint assigned to the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle sends one or more assisted driving messages directly to the autonomous vehicle or through a server. The server may identify multiple potential remote driving endpoints and assign one or more of the potential remote driving endpoints to the autonomous vehicle. The one or more potential remote driving endpoints return a command to the autonomous vehicle directly or through the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Leon Oliver Stenneth
  • Patent number: 9697565
    Abstract: An online auction system includes a set of memory resources that store auction data and one or more processors. The one or more processors implement multiple auction forums for transacting a corresponding set of assets. The one or more processors enable a registrant to participate in any of the multiple auction forums by providing the registrant with multiple interfaces to prompt the user for input or action. In some embodiments, the one or more processors provide an entity type interface to prompt the registrant to declare an entity type of the registrant. The one or more processors operate to determine a set of requirements for the registrant based at least in part on (i) a type designation provided by the user, and (ii) a geographic region of one or more assets that are being transacted by the multiple auction forums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Ten-X, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Friedman, Faramarz Farhoodi
  • Patent number: 9691099
    Abstract: A system to alert a user of a network-based marketplace event. The system receives the network-based marketplace event and determines if the network-based marketplace event is associated with a network-based marketplace alert that has been requested by the user. If so, the system communicates the network-based marketplace alert to the client machine over a persistent connection, the network-based marketplace alert to alert the user of the network-based marketplace event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Leahy, Carl Ferreira
  • Patent number: 9684914
    Abstract: A request to view an item may be received in an electronic marketplace. The request may cause an offer request to be sent to one or more merchants. The merchants may respond with corresponding offers. Upon receipt of the offer, so long as the offered is received during a time when offers are being accepted, a price may be determined for the item based at least in part on the received offers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon William Porter, Martin Robert Frank, Simon Kurt Johnston
  • Patent number: 9679295
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for sorting seller listings or advertisements of a seller network. In one embodiment, a method includes: determining an indicator of potential revenue for a first party from price information of a list of entities, wherein revenue generated according to the price information of at least some of the list of entities is to be split among a plurality of parties; and, sorting the list of entities into a first list based at least partially on the indicator of potential revenue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Kelvin Ho, Ron Hirson, Ebbe Altberg, Scott Faber
  • Patent number: 9672518
    Abstract: Techniques for improved Point of Sale (PoS) transactions are disclosed. The techniques include a PoS terminal that receives biometric data from a consumer, determines an encryption key based on the biometric data, and transmits the encryption key to a mobile device associated with the consumer to cause the mobile device to decrypt a consumer key and transmit an indication of a successful decryption. The PoS terminal further receives the indication of the successful decryption from the mobile device, and retrieves consumer account information responsive to receiving the indication of the successful decryption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Whirl, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Sobel, Stephen Sobel, Jay Cady
  • Patent number: 9661086
    Abstract: A following user follows a followed user on a third-party application. The followed user may additionally approve the inclusion of content posted by the followed user on the third-party application within an account of any following users on the social networking system. Subsequent postings by the followed user on the third-party application cause the third-party application to notify the social networking system of the posting. The social networking system in turn incorporates the posting of the followed user on the third-party application into a user interface that it displays to the following user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yariv Sadan, Zachary Rait, Austin Haugen
  • Patent number: 9619837
    Abstract: The non-bidding activity of one or more bidders of an auction is detected over an online interface of the auction environment. The activity of the one or more bidders is detected while the one or more bidders are participating in the auction. The non-bidding activity is correlated to an interest metric for the auction. Information is communicated that is based on the interest metric. The information can be communicated to either a seller or a bidder of the auction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Ten-X, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Gladis, James Corum, Robert Michealis, Sheridan Hitchens, Harshal Dedhia
  • Patent number: 9595064
    Abstract: Multiple simultaneous auctions can be monitored and participated in using a single bidding device operated by a single remote bidder. A multi-windowed environment allows for the display of active bidding windows and docked bidding windows. The active bidding windows are fully functional bidding windows and include auction status, product information and the like. The docked bidding windows provide a subset of the information but, nonetheless provide real-time auction status information and allows for bidders to enter bids into the auctioning process without having to move the bidding window into an active status. A customer-identifier selector of identifier allows the remote bidder to associate a customer with a particular bidding window. The customer-identifier advantageously helps the remote bidder to track who purchased items are associated with, as well as providing control structure over the bidding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: XCIRA, INC
    Inventors: Nancy J Rabenold, James A Simmons
  • Patent number: 9582309
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to methods, systems, and machine-readable media for allocating cost of disk usage to a linked clone virtual machine (VM) based on a parameter of usage. A determination can be made as to a number of disks used by a linked clone VM among a plurality of disks in a software defined data center over a time period and as to a respective portion of a parameter of usage for each of the number of disks used by the linked clone VM over the time period that is attributable to the linked clone VM. A portion of a cost for usage of each of the number of disks over the time period can be allocated to the linked clone VM in proportion to the respective portion of the parameter of usage attributable to the linked clone VM and/or on a relative latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Hemanth Kumar Pannem, Akshay Prabhakar Mirajkar