Third Party Assisted Patents (Class 705/26.41)
  • Patent number: 10726095
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are described for automated optimization of one or more pages for display by a mobile computing device. Based on an analysis of the series of actions taken by a number of different users when interacting with one or more pages, a system may group the users into two or more groups based on similarities in the users' action paths. The system may then generate an optimized page template for the group that includes identifiers of the portions of at least one page determined to be frequently accessed or otherwise of interest to the users in the group, and that excludes at least some other portions of the at least one page. This template may be subsequently used to generate a modified version of a page for display on a mobile computing device operated by a member of the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sajeeva Lakmal Bandara Pallemulle, Muneer Mirza
  • Patent number: 10699692
    Abstract: Sound effects are generated from a speaker inside a vehicle compartment repeatedly between a lower limit frequency and an upper limit frequency in accordance with an increase in the vehicle velocity. Consequently, the frequency is increased with respect to an increase in the vehicle velocity, in a manner so that audible sound effects, that is, sound effects at a so-called infinite scale, are generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xun Wang, Toshio Inoue, Takuma Maesaka
  • Patent number: 10699307
    Abstract: The disclosure provides systems and methods for analysis of financial data and customization of financial products. Time-dependent data is obtained for a relatively large set of users, and from the data are determined a relatively small set of trajectories that model user behaviour. New users are characterized according to the trajectories and financial products are automatically personalised to suit the new user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Felix B. Kwizera, Eric Mibuari, Violette Ogega, Skyler Speakman, Isaac W. Wambugu
  • Patent number: 10692119
    Abstract: Method and system for adding items, services and sales, to a shopping cart directly from a static or moving picture while maintaining same user interface which includes all site navigating and controls, shopping cart and ordering picture. The picture can combine multiple products from various merchants. Method further defines payment procedures using pre/post paid cards, credit cards, localized payment cards/coupons/promotion codes/web-site links and the like payments options. Method further defines ways to define personal/group catalogs and personal preferred sale catalogs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Shlomit Sarusi, Jacob Sarusi
  • Patent number: 10687573
    Abstract: A system allows a user to create new designs for apparel and preview these designs before manufacture. Software and lasers are used in finishing apparel to produce a desired wear pattern or other design. The system provides feedback to the user on how their designs may appear in a virtual storefront, such as through virtual reality or augment reality techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Levi Strauss & Co.
    Inventors: Jennifer Schultz, Christopher Schultz, Debdulal Mahanty, Benjamin Bell, Leigh Anne Oden
  • Patent number: 10692375
    Abstract: A server device may receive a first request to utilize surplus parking spaces available at one or more locations from a first device associated with an organization having an inventory of vehicles to be stored in the surplus parking spaces. The server device may process, between the organization and one or more parking providers associated with the one or more locations, a transaction allocating the surplus parking spaces to the organization. The server device may receive, from a second device, a second request to use a vehicle in the inventory from a starting location. The server device may determine, from among the surplus parking spaces allocated to the organization, a storage location for the vehicle that differs from the starting location and transmit, to the second device, a notification indicating that the vehicle is ready for use based on the vehicle having been moved to the starting location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Dagley, Jason Hoover, Micah Price, Stephen Wylie, Qiaochu Tang
  • Patent number: 10685390
    Abstract: A facility for managing distribution of a drug is described. The facility generates an order for the drug on behalf of one or more purchasing hospitals, the order specifying each purchasing hospitals' identity and a quantity of the drug ordered on its behalf. The facility selects the specified identities of the purchasing hospitals and the specified quantities of the drug in a manner that takes advantage of opportunities that one or more distinguished hospitals among the purchasing hospitals have to order the drug at a discounted price. The facility reimburses each purchasing hospital for the drug ordered on its behalf at an undiscounted price. The facility causes the ordered quality of the drug to be physically distributed to one or more consuming hospitals, and causes each consuming hospital to be charged for the distributed quantity of the drug at the undiscounted price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Verity Solutions
    Inventor: George Puckett
  • Patent number: 10675535
    Abstract: After presentation target information for presenting information of a predetermined content to a user has been newly received from a predetermined server, a first notification that urges the user to check the newly-arrived presentation target information is displayed. Thereafter, while the presentation target information has not yet been checked, a second notification that urges the user to check the unchecked presentation target information is displayed periodically or according to a predetermined time schedule. The presentation target information is displayed when an operation to check the presentation target information is performed to the first notification or the second notification has been performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Yamamura, Tomomi Sano, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Shugo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10656794
    Abstract: A system includes an OAI gateway; and a main server coupled to the OAI gateway via the network, and configured to be accessed by client workstations, the main server including: an OAI listener coupled to the OAI gateway; a notification server coupled to the OAI listener; a memory defining a database and coupled to the OAI listener; and an intake application server coupled to the database; the main server being configured to present to a workstation a user-fillable intake form having a plurality of questions, to be filled by an intake clerk, and the main server configured to receive answers to the questions from the workstation, and to present a score total to the workstation indicating the desirability of the potential customer, the score total varying depending on the received answers. Other systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: GrowPath, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Jason Sanchez, Jan Schroeder, Richard Christopher Low
  • Patent number: 10650004
    Abstract: A method of providing a level of certification of an attribute of an item is disclosed. A requirement is determined for a level of certification for an attribute of an item. A notification is provided of an evidence item that is to be submitted to evaluate the level of certification of the attribute of the item. The evidence item is received. The level of certification of the attribute of the item is determined based on the received evidence item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: EBAY INC.
    Inventors: Mark Delun Yuan, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 10643255
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for sending at least one advertisement to a reception device and providing additional communication data to a recipient that interacts with the advertisement. In one embodiment of the present invention, a provider of website data has control over advertisements that are provided to a recipient viewing the website data by allowing the sender to delete (or remove) an advertisement from the available advertisements. If a displayed advertisement is interactive, and the advertisement is interacted with, the advertising application will provide the recipient with additional communication date by sending a request for said data to the provider of the advertisement, wherein said request recorded by the provider of the advertisement and redirected to the advertisers website by providing the advertiser's URL to the reception device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Richard A Rothschild
  • Patent number: 10630829
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include an accessory for a computing device. The accessory includes one or more physical attributes that can produce a signal that can be detected by one or more sensors of the computing device. Once detected by the one or more sensors of the computing device, the signal can be compared with at least one signature stored in a memory of the computing device. If there is a match between the detected signal and the signature in memory, an application running on the computing device can instruct the a processor of the computing device to execute an action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Asa K. Kalama, Robert S. Trowbridge, Scott Watson
  • Patent number: 10606466
    Abstract: An online system presents a feed of content including content items and one or more scrollable content units to a user of the online system. A scrollable content unit includes an ordered set of content items sharing a common attribute, such as advertisement requests associated with the same advertising campaign or images associated with a common subject. The scrollable content unit is scrollable in a direction that is orthogonal to an orientation of the feed of content, allowing presentation of additional content items from the ordered set when a user navigates through the ordered set. When all content items in the ordered set have been displayed by the scrollable content unit, an interaction with the scrollable content unit by the user presents additional content associated with the ordered set of content items, such as a page associated with the common attribute of content items in the ordered set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Andrew Kanter, Sanchan Sahai Saxena, Mohit Rajani, Andrew Sean Yang
  • Patent number: 10592900
    Abstract: An authentication and payment system for paying a supplier via a network may include a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having program logic stored thereon having a code for an authentication and payment application executable by a processor of a computing device. The code may be programmed to perform a step of receiving a first set of specific data elements from a payer regarding an authorized purchase by the payer from the supplier. The code may be further programmed to receive a second set of specific data elements from the supplier. If the first set of specific data elements matches at least a portion of second set of specific data elements, the code may be programmed to generate and send a single-use number to the supplier. The single-use number may be usable as a credit card number for only one purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Sungard Avantgard LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Dragiff, James English
  • Patent number: 10572919
    Abstract: A computer implemented method of enhancing a response to a query for an item at a website, comprising: (a) Obtaining, at a website server, a request from a client terminal for retrieving information of a requested item. (b) Detecting presence or absence of the requested item in a local catalog of the visited website. (c) Presenting, in case of presence, a first presentation of the requested item at a GUI displayed at client terminal. (d) Issuing, in case of absence, a search query for the requested item in a shared catalog comprising a plurality of offered items available from another websites. (e) Receiving a response from the shared catalog. The response comprises result item(s) from the plurality of offered items corresponding to the requested item. (f) Presenting a second presentation of the result item(s) at the GUI. The first presentation and the second presentation share a common visual format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Cymbio Digital Ltd.
    Inventors: Roy Avidor, Mor Lavi, Gilad Zirkel
  • Patent number: 10572875
    Abstract: A payment authentication service authenticates the identity of a payer during online transactions. The authentication service allows a card issuer to verify a cardholder's identity using a variety of authentication methods, such as the use of passwords. Also, the only system participant requiring a certificate is the issuing financial institution. Authenticating the identity of a cardholder during an online transaction involves querying an access control server to determine if a cardholder is enrolled in the payment authentication service, requesting a password from the cardholder, verifying the password, and notifying a merchant whether the cardholder's authenticity has been verified. A chip card and the authentication service independently generate cryptograms to match in order for the service to verify that the correct chip card is being used by the cardholder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Benedicto H. Dominguez, Thomas J. Manessis, James Donald Reno
  • Patent number: 10565634
    Abstract: This disclosure covers systems and methods that generate and train a chatbot to automatically communicate with users concerning subjects related to a digital advertisement received for distribution. In particular, the disclosed systems and methods train a chatbot to simulate common conversation exchanges from messaging threads associated with previous digital advertisements that are similar to a received digital advertisement. By training the chatbot to simulate such conversations, the disclosed systems and methods create a chatbot that can immediately respond to a user's inquiries concerning the received digital advertisement and tailor automated exchanges that further the objectives of an advertiser or merchant associated with the received digital advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoram Talmor, Himanshu Baweja
  • Patent number: 10552813
    Abstract: A user's checkout information is stored for a certain amount of time, e.g., 10 minutes, after checkout, and the user is given the option of selecting a button to add one or more items for purchase and completing the purchase by adding the additional item(s) and approving the payment, without having to go through a complete checkout flow again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: PayPal, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Deutscher
  • Patent number: 10540063
    Abstract: An actionable event notification disclosed herein provides actionable push notifications that allow an application server to collect information from end users. The actionable event notification includes a notification server that receives notification requests from application servers and communicates notifications to users where the notifications include specification for a notification UI form. In one implementation, the notification server modifies the callback identification on the notification from identification for the application server to identification for the notification server. A client device presents the notification UI form to a user to receive user responses. The user responses are communicated back to the notification server. The notification server processes the user responses and communicates them to the application server as necessary. Alternatively, the user responses are communicated directly to the application server requesting the notifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Yosef Firstenberg, Joseph Anthony East, Larry Jin
  • Patent number: 10535080
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for dynamically managing advertiser affiliate links for online marketing. A global redirect server accepts a visitor's web browser request for a product or non-product webpage associated with an affiliate network advertiser URL, and returns a corresponding product or non-product webpage to the visitor that is corrected for the visitor's geographic region if such a webpage exists, or returns the originally requested webpage if it does not. The server determines the visitor's geographic region based upon request metadata, and can generate a corrected webpage that affords analytic and commission tracking even if no corresponding affiliate network exists in the determined geographic region. The server includes a database for locating products within the determined geographic region that are comparable to the product of the product webpage request, in the event that the exact product is not available in the geographic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: REWARDSTYLE, INC.
    Inventors: Forrest Jordan, Baxter Box
  • Patent number: 10535087
    Abstract: Embodiments for enabling ownership, trade, and marketplace for named geographic locations are provided. Embodiments provide a marketplace for ownership of named location-specifiers. Each named location-specifier corresponds to a latitude/longitude coordinate of a location. Embodiments provide an ownership registry for the named location-specifiers, provide a registry of named location-specifiers that retrieves data based on a user's request for location data related to the named location-specifiers, provide a location data store that stores current location data corresponding to the named location-specifiers, provide a future location data store that stores updated location data and future location data corresponding to the named location-specifiers, and provide a requesting system that allows the user to request location data corresponding to a named location-specifier or to conduct a search related to one or more of the named location-specifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: BSM Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Bjorn Aannestad
  • Patent number: 10528115
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a method performed by a computing device of a computer system having a hierarchical arrangement of power nodes including servers. The method includes determining power utilization patterns of the servers, calculating asynchrony scores for the servers based on the power utilization patterns, and clustering the servers into clusters based on the asynchrony scores, where each cluster has servers that have synchronous utilization patterns. The method also includes allocating the servers to the hierarchical arrangement of power nodes by selecting servers from the clusters to reduce synchronous power utilization patterns by the hierarchical arrangement of power nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Qingyuan Deng, Chang-Hong Hsu
  • Patent number: 10529006
    Abstract: System and method for management and optimization of waiting time for check-out service by using an unique identifier recognition via local wi-fi network with the purpose to manage one or several check-out positions (cashiers or counters), optimizing waiting time for check-out service. This system and method is designed to be used by persons, where each individual is identified by the unique physical address identifier (such as the MAC address) of their personal mobile device with Wi-Fi connection. To access the system on the local server, the user must connect to the licensed establishment's exclusive Wi-Fi local network and access the system using a dedicated pre-installed application or URL address, according to the user's choice. It is therefore a system designed to optimize waiting time, where the addition of new users will occur by mobile device (such as smartphones, tablets, iPods, netbooks, notebooks or other similar devices).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Lara De Campos Velho, Paulo Henrique Braga Rezende Da Silva, Igor Lins E Silva Rezende Da Silva
  • Patent number: 10503790
    Abstract: A method of evaluating data in a database, the method including causing a workstation to display a graphical user interface which a user can use to create a screening rule by defining at least one screening condition and by entering a score, whether the score is applied to evaluate data in the database if the screening condition is met, whereby no knowledge of a programming language is required to create the screening rule. Other systems and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: GrowPath, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Jason Sanchez, Jan Schroeder, Richard Christopher Low
  • Patent number: 10482513
    Abstract: A request for shopping is placed from inside a procurement system. Intelligent agents are launched to retrieve information from catalog sources web-enabled over the internet or within the intranet. Retrieved catalog information is aggregated and associated with other data items. Business rules are applied to make decisions on what part of aggregated information will be rendered to a User. Sorting/multi-level refining operations are enabled. The User selects one or more catalog results, whereupon an XML shopping cart is created and submitted to the procurement system through published interfaces. The procurement system is enabled to place an order on supplier web-enabled transaction systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: VINIMAYA, LLC
    Inventor: Vaidhyanathan Venkiteswaran
  • Patent number: 10475028
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for making a pre-payment. In some embodiments, a user is provided with a mobile wallet; information populating at least one payment instrument to the mobile wallet is received; information that the mobile wallet is usable with respect to the vehicle is received; information that the mobile wallet has been presented by the vehicle to a payment location is received; an authorized pre-payment corresponding to items or an amount associated with the payment location is received; a token is received from the user at the payment location; and the pre-payment is settled using the payment instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Leopoldo Luera, III, Charles Bear
  • Patent number: 10474919
    Abstract: A method for finding and displaying products on a display device of an electronic data processing device is provided. The method includes recognizing an image or image section with at least one imaged object displayed on the display device when the cursor of the data processing device moves into an area of the image or image section. The recognized image or image section is designated with a trigger when the cursor of the data processing device moves into the area of the image or image section and the trigger is superimposed on the area of the recognized image or image section on the display device. The displayed image is segmented and at least one object is detected by an analysis of visual content of the designated image or image section by actuating the superimposed trigger. The at least one detected object may be displayed on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Patty's GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Perschk
  • Patent number: 10438244
    Abstract: The present invention provides a novel approach for consumer-driven interaction with sequencing data or genomic information. Sequencing data access, for users with a variety of access and permissions, may be mediated by a central hub. The hub may also facilitate access to the sequencing data for third party software applications. The hub may also provide data analysis or may have access to analyzed data to use such data in providing a user interface for a genome owner or for non-owner secondary users of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Illumina, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Nelson, Alexander G. Dickinson, Kenneth R. Bloom, Sophie I. Coon, Kenneth J. Sherman, Kenneth G. Yocum, Kevin P. Rhodes, Jerome O. Chadel, Matthew L. Posard
  • Patent number: 10432752
    Abstract: A method, system and a computer program product are provided for updating mobile device applications at a central cloud server by establishing an application virtual machine representation of a first mobile device application installed on a mobile device; updating the application virtual machine representation at the central cloud server to perform software configuration, installation, upgrade, optimization, testing, or maintenance tasks on the application virtual machine representation without using computational resources at the mobile device; and sending the mobile device one or more modules that were changed when updating the application virtual machine representation for integration into the first mobile device application installed on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tien Hiong Lee, Konstantin Levinski, Chee Meng Low, Weng Sing Tang
  • Patent number: 10424014
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for providing seller-initiated financing in a sale of an item between private parties. A financial service system configures a financing program to give sellers the opportunity to offer prospective buyers financing directly. The financial service system enrolls a given seller in the program, providing resources and services to the seller to help market the sale and select a credit-worthy buyer. Once the transaction is completed, the financial service system transfers proceeds to the seller, then configures a loan account and payment plan for the buyer. Alternatively, the program can be implemented with an intermediate service provider, such as an online marketplace retailer. The service provider enrolls the seller and assists with marketing and buyer selection, and the financial service system transfers proceeds to the seller and service provider, and configures a loan account and payment plan for the buyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Luke A. Hammock, Janusz Michael Niczyporuk
  • Patent number: 10417632
    Abstract: A payment system is described. The payment system includes a transaction system. The transaction system is configured to receive a request for a code to complete a sales transaction, the request including information about the sales transaction. The payment system is also configured to, in response to said request for said code to complete said sales transaction, generate said code based on the information about the sales transaction. Further, the transaction system is configured to transmit said code to a merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Openpay, S.A.P.I. de C.V.
    Inventors: Roberto Bargagli, Heber Lazcano
  • Patent number: 10410195
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide systems, methods, and techniques for managing merchandising cards. A merchandising card may be, for example, a gift card, loyalty card, or the like. Consistent disclosed embodiments, a system for managing merchandising cards may include one or more memory devices storing instructions and one or more processors configured to acquire, from a device over a network, a plurality of locations associated with the device, the device locations being acquired at different instances in time within a predetermined period of time. Additionally, the processor may be configured to calculate a merchant confidence rating for a merchant using the device locations. Further, the one or more processors may be configured to, based on the merchant confidence rating, determine that the merchant matches a merchant that is associated with merchandising card, and send a reminder a user of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Michelle Olenoski, Latha Shah
  • Patent number: 10402875
    Abstract: A method for improved management of a purchase order comprises searching online for at least one product or group of products similar to each other to be ordered from a generic supplier and obtaining a confirmation of availability. The step of searching for the product to be ordered from the generic supplier can be extended to search for the product or the group of products or alternative products available at least one alternative supplier. The product or group of products or the alternative products found at the alternative supplier are inserted into a shopping cart of the alternative supplier and compared with the product or the group of products of the generic supplier. The extension of the search is started automatically by a search and compare software application authorized by the user and provided by the alternative supplier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ingram Micro S.r.l.
    Inventors: Antonio Masenza, Pietro Viccardi
  • Patent number: 10397334
    Abstract: A management server communicable with portable information devices includes: a group generating portion that generates a group to which two or more portable information devices belong; an identification information receiving portion that receives the identification information from a transmission source device, which receives from any one of fixed terminals each located geographically at a fixed position, identification information corresponding to related information assigned to the fixed terminal; a group determining portion that, in response to receipt of the identification information from the transmission source device, determines a group to which the transmission source device belongs; and a linked transmitting portion that transmits the identification information received from the transmission source device, in order to allow each of one or more portable information devices which belong to the group determined, to display the related information corresponding to the identification information received
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazusei Takahashi, Hirokazu Kubota, Masaya Hashimoto, Takehisa Yamaguchi, Hiroaki Kubo, Toshimichi Iwai, Atsushi Tamura
  • Patent number: 10380620
    Abstract: Techniques for online price matching are provided. A consumer submits a price offer to a network-based servicer for a product or service. The price offer is directed to or resolved to a specific brick-and-mortar store. The brick-and-mortar store determines whether the price offer can be matched and when it can be matched; a coupon redeemable by the consumer at the brick-and-mortar store is communicated to the consumer. The coupon permits the consumer to acquire the product or service at the price offer provided by an online retailer to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Longino
  • Patent number: 10373228
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for providing knowledge based sharing performed by a computing device including one or more processors and a main memory storing commands executable by the processors. The method may include: collecting, by a collection module, a question and an answer for the question from a knowledge sharing platform; extracting, by a process extracting module, a process for solving the question from the answer by analyzing the collected answer; tagging, by a process processing module, additional information on the respective processes to the extracted processes and storing the tagged additional information; receiving, by a communication module, search information from a user terminal; and providing, by the communication module, at least one of the answer, the process, and the tagged additional information corresponding to the search information to the user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Dong Suck Oh, Hyun Suck Oh
  • Patent number: 10366442
    Abstract: Devices, methods, and systems for improving the customer experience and simplifying the purchase of items are disclosed. In general the devices, methods, and systems allow a customer to speak a name or type of item, or scan a code (such as a barcode) of an item, and the item is automatically added to a shopping cart of the customer. For example, speech recognition and machine learning techniques may be used to process audio input and identify potential products relating to the input. When there is a high confidence that an identified product is the product the customer intended to purchase, the identified product is automatically added to the customer's shopping cart. When the confidence is not high enough, a list of potential products may be generated and added to the customer's shopping cart. The customer may then select the intended product right from the list in the shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Joseph Henry Oczkowski, Sumeet Khushalani, Igor Fred Robert von Nyssen, Remya Narayanaswami
  • Patent number: 10360611
    Abstract: Methods and systems to automatically respond to a request for product information are described. In one embodiment, a data collection module may collect product data over a network, identify that the product data is related to a particular product, and store the product data and an association between the product data and the particular product in a database. An instant messaging engine may receive a request for the product data after the product data is stored in the database and an interpreter module may identify, in response to the request, the request to correspond to the particular product and retrieve the product data based on the association between the particular product and the product data. The instant messaging engine may also transmit, using an instant messaging protocol, a response to the request, the response including the product data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaoming Zhang
  • Patent number: 10360596
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for adding an advertisement to a digital message. An advertisement generator residing on a network host accepts digital messages from contributors and allows the contributors to select an advertisement to be displayed with their contributed messages. These digital messages may be sent to specified recipients or published on a Web site. Using stored personal data associated with the contributor and with the recipient of a digital message, in addition to the content of the message itself, the advertisement generator suggests advertisements to be included with the digital messages based on their contextual relevance. If the contributor-selected advertisement is provided by a third party advertiser, the message, contributor, and advertisement data may be utilized to compensate the contributor of that message for sending it to at least one recipient or posting it on a Web site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Anthony Richard Rothschild
  • Patent number: 10362018
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for control of data and content protection mechanisms across a network using a download delivery paradigm. In one embodiment, conditional access (CA), digital rights management (DRM), and trusted domain (TD) security policies are delivered, configured and enforced with respect to consumer premises equipment (CPE) within a cable television network. A trusted domain is established within the user's premises within which content access, distribution, and reproduction can be controlled remotely by the network operator. The content may be distributed to secure or non-secure “output” domains consistent with the security policies enforced by secure CA, DRM, and TD clients running within the trusted domain. Legacy and retail CPE models are also supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: William L. Helms, John B. Carlucci, Jason Kazmir Schnitzer
  • Patent number: 10354282
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a computer implemented method of selecting a partner marketing communication. The method includes receiving, by a processor circuit, data of a potential visit by a customer to a location. The method further includes making a determination, by the processor, based at least in part on the data of the potential visit by the customer to the location, that the customer or an agent of the customer may travel to the location. The method further includes selecting, by the processor circuit, at least one partner marketing communication from among a plurality of available partner marketing communications based at least in part on the data of the potential visit and the determination that the customer or the agent may travel to the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ajay A. Deshpande, Kimberly D. Hendrix, Herbert S. McFaddin, Chandra Narayanaswami
  • Patent number: 10334122
    Abstract: A method may include generating a list of frame candidates, the list of frame candidates including a plurality of aspect ratios, based on a characteristic of a display device and an aspect ratio of a base tile; receiving a set of media items, each with a respective aspect ratio (AR), to display on the display device; and for each respective media item in the set of media items: filtering the list of frame candidates based on a respective aspect ratio of the list of frame candidates being within a threshold cropping amount of the AR of the respective media item; and matching the respective media to a frame candidate of the filtered list of frame candidates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Wen-Chieh Chen
  • Patent number: 10311479
    Abstract: A system for producing promotional media content includes a strategic meta information analysis processing unit configured to process various types of pieces of strategic meta information in various formats to an unstructured data batch having a certain weight value, a media content analysis processing unit configured to classify and analyze each meta information by similarity by using meta information of various types of media content or meta information actively extracted by analyzing each media content, an association analyzing unit configured to calculate association between strategic meta information processed through the strategic meta information analysis processing unit and the media content processed through the media content analysis processing unit, and a media content synthesizing unit configured to finally synthesize promotional media content by using the various types of strategic meta information, the media content, and the association information calculated by the association analyzing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KOREAN ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Jong Bin Park, Tae beom Lim, Kyung Won Kim, Jong Jin Jung, Jae won Moon, Seung Woo Kum
  • Patent number: 10304112
    Abstract: A portable device which assists shoppers. The device identifies items of merchandise, and retrieves information about the items from a remote location. The items can be identified based on their labels, by image recognition, by their location, by the shopper, or by other approaches. This additional or enhanced information about the items can then be overlaid on the real-time display of the portable device, such that the shopper has access to said information and can associate it easily to the relevant items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Nathaniel Christopher Herwig
  • Patent number: 10304102
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the disclosure provide systems and methods for improving a user experience for performing transactions between potential buyers and sellers online via real-time communications. For example, a social marketplace system enables a potential buyer to initiate a real-time communication with a seller without the potential buyer having to provide contextual information regarding the item to the seller. In one or more embodiments, the social marketplace system provides a banner, in connection with the real-time communication, populated with structured data associated with the item that the potential buyer and the seller are discussing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Derek Chirk Yin Cheng, Kwok Ngai Eric Lo, Lui Lui Wong, Stephen Moore Davis, Bowen Pan, Christopher Richard Tanner, Francesco Fogu, Shuo Song
  • Patent number: 10282776
    Abstract: Provided are an user equipment for recognizing an object and displaying a database matching result, a control method thereof, and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium having a computer program recorded thereon. That is, the present invention provides assistance on a purchase decision-making of a user by sensing an object as quickly as possible and providing information about the object to the user, and also improves convenience of the user through integrated UX.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: SK PLANET CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun Byul Jo, Hyoung Seok Kim, Sung Bin Kim, Hwan Won Choi, Tae Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 10255633
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for providing seller-initiated financing in a sale of an item between private parties. A financial service system configures a financing program to give sellers the opportunity to offer prospective buyers financing directly. The financial service system enrolls a given seller in the program, providing resources and services to the seller to help market the sale and select a credit-worthy buyer. Once the transaction is completed, the financial service system transfers proceeds to the seller, then configures a loan account and payment plan for the buyer. Alternatively, the program can be implemented with an intermediate service provider, such as an online marketplace retailer. The service provider enrolls the seller and assists with marketing and buyer selection, and the financial service system transfers proceeds to the seller and service provider, and configures a loan account and payment plan for the buyer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Luke A. Hammock, Janusz Michael Niczyporuk
  • Patent number: 10257916
    Abstract: A plurality of wearable accessories for creating a synchronously presented lighting effect from an audience in a controlled access venue. Each accessory has a substrate, a power source, at least one light, a controller, and a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag. The radio frequency identification tag can store information and communicate with other devices to enable a user to conduct transactions with others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Wein
  • Patent number: 10248974
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method for assessing probability of winning an in-flight deal. The method comprises receiving information for the in-flight deal. The information for the in-flight deal comprises a set of price points for the in-flight deal and metadata relating to the in-flight deal. The method further comprises, for each price point of the set of price points, predicting a probability of winning the in-flight deal at the price point based on a predictive analytics model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael K. Firth, Aly Megahed, Guangjie Ren
  • Patent number: 10235503
    Abstract: Multimedia content may be delivered to content consumer devices via a content-delivery network. Encrypted content and cryptography keys for decrypting the content may be distributed from a data center to various nodes of the content-delivery network, each node acting as a semi-independent content-delivery system. Each content-delivery system is capable of delivering received content to end-users and implementing a key-management scheme to facilitate secure content-delivery and usage tracking, even when the content-delivery system is disconnected from the data center. In other words, the disclosed systems and methods facilitate the operation of nodes which may operate in “autonomous mode” when disconnected from a larger content-delivery network, thus maintaining content-delivery capabilities despite having little if any connectivity to external networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GOGO LLC
    Inventors: Premkumar Bangole, Bryan Adrian Lauer, Patrick J. Walsh, Kathy Wang