Third Party Assisted Patents (Class 705/26.41)
  • Patent number: 10127529
    Abstract: A user attribute value transfer method, includes: obtaining a picture; performing facial recognition to recognize human faces in the picture; according to an entered instruction, determining a target human face selected from recognized human faces and determining a corresponding target attribute value; generating an attribute value transfer request according to the target attribute value and corresponding facial recognition information; and sending the attribute value transfer request to a server, so that the server performs an attribute value transfer operation according to the attribute value transfer request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Xiaoye Wang
  • Patent number: 10121175
    Abstract: In one example, a data collection module collects product data over a network, identifies that the product data is related to a particular product, and stores the product data and an association between the product data and the particular product in a database. An instant messaging engine receives a request for the product data after the product data is stored in the database and an interpreter module identifies, 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 transmits, using an instant messaging protocol, a response to the request, the response including the product data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaoming Zhang
  • Patent number: 10114677
    Abstract: An infrastructure manager for an information handling system is disclosed. The infrastructure manager includes a solution property extractor service, a data store, and a visualization engine. The solution property extractor service may extract solution details from a solution template queried from a solution template repository and may transform the solution details into a document. The solution details may include infrastructure information and workload information from the solution template. The data store may store the document. The visualization engine may access the data store to extract components required by the document, determine whether the existing components of the information handling system correlate to the components required by the document, and display the recommended workload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ravikanth Chaganti, Rizwan Ali, Dharmesh M. Patel
  • Patent number: 10108946
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for payment processing using dynamic barcodes is provided. In an embodiment, a method is provided. The method includes receiving a request to stage an order, including information identifying a merchant. The method further includes determining current order information for the merchant. The method also includes producing a token identifier for the order. The token identifier includes an item code and a ticket identifier. The item code identifies or references an economic understanding for the order. Additionally, the method includes staging the order within a system to allow for completion of the order later in time. The order completes through notification of payment to a POS terminal by a consumer and fulfillment of the order by the merchant. The method further includes sending the token identifier to the merchant. The token identifier is to be provided to the consumer for use by the consumer in paying for the order at the POS terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HANDLE FINANCIAL, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Scott Perkins, Kurt Torben Thams, Daniel J. Shader
  • Patent number: 10108383
    Abstract: A communication device may communicate a first establishing command with an external device via a NFC interface so as to establish a first communication link, receive first target data from the external device via the NFC interface by using the first communication link, process a specific command included in the first target data so as to create second target data, select one type of disconnection method according to information included in the first target data from among plural types of disconnection methods for disconnecting the first communication link, and disconnect the first communication link by using the selected one type of disconnection method. The communication device may communicate a second establishing command with the external device via the NFC interface so as to establish a second communication link, and send the second target data to the external device via the NFC interface by using the second communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Asakura
  • Patent number: 10095723
    Abstract: A method is provided for converting a location code index to a product code value, comprising performing a step selected from the group consisting of: applying a mapping L2P to a location code index nL to provide a product code index nP and applying a function nP2vP to the product code index nP to provide a product code value vP; and applying a function nL2vL to a location code index nL to provide a location code value vL and applying a mapping L2P to the location code value vL to provide a product code value vP. A system is also provided for providing a product code P from a location code L, the system comprising: a processor; an input coupled to the processor and configured to receive the location code L; and a converter L2P operable to map the location code L to the product code P.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Harold T. Fogg
  • Patent number: 10097692
    Abstract: A computing apparatus configured to perform natural language processing, e.g., by comparing the words in a communication transcript of a user to a list of keywords, to generate an input vector representing a pattern of text in the communication transcript. A predictive model is generated from correlating input vectors to user ranking scores, e.g., for retention. The input vector determined from a communication transcript is applied to the computation model to compute a predicted retention score of the user. The retention score can be used, for example, to select a personalized recommendation for a communication connection to an adviser and/or a targeted offer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ingenio, LLC
    Inventor: Neeraj Jandwani
  • Patent number: 10096051
    Abstract: Method and system are provided to facilitate transactions in a particular on-line trading platform from a third party web site. The system may be configured to associate identification information, such as a uniform resource locator (URL), with a reference to an item of merchandise on a web page provided by a third party entity. In response to a request originated from a client device of a user, the method may cause presentation of a listing of the item of merchandise maintained in the particular on-line trading platform and a visual control to facilitate commencing of a transaction process with respect to the item of merchandise in the on-line trading platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Peter Hosein, Selina Lam, Han-Shen Yuan
  • Patent number: 10091151
    Abstract: Technical solutions are described for a seller to bypass a spam filter. An example method includes sending, by a message preempting apparatus, for receipt by a server corresponding to the seller, a transaction identifier in response to a transaction between a user and the seller. The method also includes sending, by the message preempting apparatus, for receipt by a messaging server, the transaction identifier, where the messaging server, in response, bypasses a spam filter for a message that is associated with the transaction identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher J. Hardee, Steve Joroff, Pamela A. Nesbitt, Scott E. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10083477
    Abstract: A processor-implemented method, system, and/or computer program product sorts and displays product reviews of ecommerce products. A system receives product reviews for ecommerce products. The product reviews are displayed on an ecommerce webpage, are generated by product reviewers, and are for different types of products. Reviewer profiles of the product reviewers are received. The reviewer profiles include characteristics of the product reviewers that affect usage of one or more of the different types of products. A user profile for a user is received. The user profile includes characteristics of the user that affect usage of one or more of the different types of products. The user profile is matched to a specific reviewer profile from the reviewer profiles. The product reviews are sorted according to the different types of products and the specific reviewer profile. The sorted product reviews are then displayed on the ecommerce webpage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Corville O. Allen, Bernadette A. Carter, Rahul Ghosh, Joseph N. Kozhaya, Dana L. Price
  • Patent number: 10078813
    Abstract: A system is provided for providing a product and a location from a code selected from the group consisting of a product code index, a location code index, a location code value, and a product code value. The system comprises: a processor, an input coupled to the processor and configured to receive the code, a first converter operable to convert a product code index to a product code value; a second converter operable to convert a product code value to a location code value; a third converter operable to convert a location code index to a location code value; a fourth converter operable to convert a location code value to a product code value; whereby, a product and a location are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Harold T. Fogg
  • Patent number: 10049385
    Abstract: An electronic commerce (e-commerce) system may send advertisement emails to customers that are registered with the e-commerce system. The advertisement emails may include mailto hyperlinks. Each mailto hyperlink may be associated with a product that is being offered for sale, and each mailto hyperlink describes an email message that may be generated when that hyperlink is selected. When a mailto hyperlink is selected, the generated email message may include one or more parameters related to the product associated with the hyperlink, such as an identifier of the product. The generated email message may then be transmitted to the e-commerce system. The e-commerce system may receive the message and, based on the parameters in the received message, execute a transaction to purchase the identified product on behalf of the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: @PAY IP HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: John P. Killoran, Jr., Dennis William Peek, Matthew Custer
  • Patent number: 10044884
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a communication unit, a display, and a remote operation unit. The communication unit communicates with an external device. The display displays information, and receives an input operation. The remote operation unit remotely operates a screen displayed on the external device. The remote operation unit operates the external device in a state in which at least one operation on the external device are invalidated. In the case where a drawing input operation is performed on the display with the screen displayed on the external device displayed on the display, the remote operation unit validates an operation corresponding to the drawing input operation, among the at least one operation on the external device which have been invalidated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Saito
  • Patent number: 10043181
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for applying payment services to a payment transaction over a first payment network using a payment services computer system hosted on a second payment network is provided. The method includes receiving a service request at the payment services computer system from a requestor. The service request has a first format that is readable by the second payment network. The method includes determining, at the payment services computer system, the payment services the service request is registered to receive. The method includes processing the service request by applying the registered payment services to the service request. The method includes generating, at the payment services computer system, a services response. The services response is generated based on the registered payment services and the payment transaction data. The method additionally includes transmitting the services response to at least one of the cardholder and the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Frederick Michael Pacher, Mikhail Blinov, Edwin V. Diekemper, Peter J. Groarke
  • Patent number: 10032209
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for shopping using a messaging system. A message from a user includes a plurality of line items. At least one item may be identified corresponding to at least one of the plurality of line items. The at least one item may be included in a list associated with a user account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Karthik Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 10032211
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for protecting privacy of parties to electronic transactions, such as transactions conducted through a GSM network. An anonymity service provider receives orders directed from its subscriber to a recipient for goods or services, along with information about its subscriber. The anonymity service provider relays the order to the recipient but withholds information about the subscriber, as the subscriber directs. The recipient receives payment for the good or service by way of a voucher from the anonymity service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert R. Sullivan, Jr., David W. Aucsmith
  • Patent number: 10026248
    Abstract: A system and method for dispensing a key from a key kiosk disposed at a realtor's office near a real property based on a showing appointment scheduled with a showing scheduling system. The appointment, including a date and time, as well as an authorized user is communicated from the showing scheduling system to the key kiosk. The user then authenticates herself or himself to the kiosk at the appropriate time, and the key is dispensed. The kiosk authenticates the user by scanning a QR code or using the physical location of the user. The kiosk will not dispense the key if the user has a different key that is checked out, but not returned yet. The key can be returned to the kiosk where it is dispensed, or a different key kiosk. The kiosk also dispenses a single common key when the user shows multiple properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ShowingTime.com
    Inventors: Scott E Woodard, Michael P Caputo, William Kellogg
  • Patent number: 10021090
    Abstract: A method and a system for managing an online shop use an instant messaging system to allow an auxiliary account to log in and manage an online shop of a primary account user. The primary account user creates an online shop in an online shop server, and associates itself with one or more auxiliary accounts in an instant messaging system. Upon authorization by primary account user to allow an auxiliary account to manage the online shop, the system records an authorization relation between the auxiliary account and the primary account. The authorization relation may be recorded in the instant messaging system. Based on the recorded authorization relation, the system allows a user of the authorized auxiliary account to manage the online shop system through the instant messaging system. An instant messaging server serving for this purpose is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Jian Zhang
  • Patent number: 9996832
    Abstract: Method and device for processing a payment are disclosed. The method is performed at a user device and includes: receiving a user instruction for starting a payment through a pre-set payment platform; selecting a respective loading process from a plurality of loading processes for invoking a payment application, wherein: the plurality of loading processes include two or more of: (1) a first loading process for invoking the payment application immediately in a foreground process, (2) a second loading process for simulating at least one payment interface of the payment application in the purchase application before loading the payment application in the user device, and (3) a third loading process for completing the payment using simulated payment interfaces of the payment application without loading the payment application in the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Wei Mao, Yuewei Chen, Xing Liang, Bin Zhang, Qiang Lu, Deyuan Li, Zhonghua Lai, Zhenyu Xu
  • Patent number: 9992339
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a communications module that establishes a verbal communication between a customer service representative of a company and a customer through an electronic device in the possession of the customer. An identification module receives an identifier that alerts the customer service representative and/or a computer system of the company that the customer has a customer profile stored electronically. The customer profile includes information to identify the customer. An ID confirmation module receives an identification confirmation in response to identifying information input by the customer matching the information to identify the customer in the customer profile. The identity of the customer is confirmed electronically while masking sensitive information from the customer service representative. A notification module sends a message to the customer service representative indicating that the ID confirmation module received the identification confirmation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TELEPERFORMANCE SE
    Inventors: Alan Truitt, Dev Mudaliar
  • Patent number: 9990671
    Abstract: A method, system, GUI, apparatus, and computer readable media for enabling a customer to access both an artist media file as well as the associated artist are provided. An artist profile may be hosted on, for example, a web site, SMS/MMS gateway, and a WAP site. A media file may be received from the artist along with artist contact links and may be uploaded to the artist's profile. A request to access the media file and/or the artist may be received from a customer. The customer may then be enabled to access the media file and/or artist. The artist's account may be updated to indicate the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Phenner, Lasse Hamre, Mike Park
  • Patent number: 9990617
    Abstract: Concurrent first and second uses of a consumer's credit card are made during a POS transaction to effect information sharing. The first use includes conventionally executing a primary transaction, while the second use includes a presentation to the consumer at POS with information sharing opt-in and/or privacy notices from the consumer's financial institution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Milton Massey Frazier, Tim Smith
  • Patent number: 9967204
    Abstract: In a networked storage system, a request for placing a workload for is received by a management console that determines a plurality of subset of resources for responding to the workload. Each subset of resources includes at least two different but related resource types that can be used for processing the workload. A penalty index for each subset of resources is then determined. The penalty index of each resource is based on a supply parameter that indicates a maximum capability of the resource, a threshold value that indicates a capability level beyond which no load is added to the resource and a criticality factor that indicates an importance of each resource to the networked storage system. The workload is then assigned to a subset of resources with the least penalty index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: NETAPP, INC.
    Inventors: James Stephen Holden, Omri Kessel
  • Patent number: 9953333
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for using transaction data to provide information to a customer, the information being provided in response to a request from the customer so as to assist the customer in decisioning. The method may comprising inputting transaction data regarding a plurality of transactions effected at a plurality of merchants; inputting a request for information from a requesting customer, the request including parameters related to the request; performing processing based on both the transaction data and the request for information, the processing including generating a response to the request; and outputting the response to the requesting customer. The request and processing may relate to identifying activities of similarly situated persons vis-à-vis the requesting customer, based on the transaction data. The request may relate to identifying an optimum merchant to secure purchase of a target item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.
    Inventors: Steven Ng, Ravi Acharya, Christopher R. Conrad, Lee Knackstedt, William F. Mann, III
  • Patent number: 9954836
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for conditioning wireless information flow in a wireless network. The system may include a processor that stores a digital key in a mobile device machine readable memory location designated for an optional WIFI frame field. The digital key may have a length (e.g., in bits) that is equal to a standard-specified length of the optional field. The digital key may have a length that is different from (e.g., longer or shorter than) the standard-specific length of the optional field. The optional field may include an IEEE 802.1Q virtual local area network (“VLAN”) address, tag or field or any other suitable optional WIFI-related field. The key may correspond to a user flow conditioning database record that corresponds to an individual having access to the processor. The record may be used to provide service to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Brad Sadler, Ramakrishna R. Yannam
  • Patent number: 9934332
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a similarity service. Multiple samplings of user accounts are randomly selected from a pool of user accounts. Interaction history data for each of the user accounts is used to determine item similarities corresponding to each of the user account samplings. The item similarity data is aggregated to determine similar items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Srikanth Thirumalai, Vijai Mohan
  • Patent number: 9934501
    Abstract: A checkout apparatus including a self-checkout unit having a product identification device, a payment identification device, a microprocessor and a point-of-sale system configured to allow a touchless speed tender transaction. The invention also includes an apparatus and method for offering a mode-driven and/or customer-driven checkout transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: ECR Software Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Terry Catoe, Burt Aycock
  • Patent number: 9922358
    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: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Nathaniel Christopher Herwig
  • Patent number: 9923964
    Abstract: A method for cross-platform synchronization of contacts in a multi-platform environment is disclosed. The method includes: acquiring a contact to be associated with an account in a social platform; acquiring an account of a friend associated with the contact in the social platform, and binding a phone number of the contact with the associated account of the friend in the social platform; and uploading the phone number and the account in the social platform bound together to a server. When it needs to view social information of a contact, the above method can simplify user operation, reduce time spent for operation in the mobile terminal and increase the battery life of the mobile terminal. Furthermore, a device for cross-platform synchronization of contacts in a multi-platform environment is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yongxin Wang, Bin Li, Jing He, Yu Chen, Junshan Wang
  • Patent number: 9916579
    Abstract: Systems and related methods facilitating secure payments are discussed herein. Some embodiments may provide for a system including a payment gateway server, a tokenizer server and a detokenizer server. The payment gateway server may receive payment card data from a merchant device and provide the payment data the tokenizer server. The tokenizer server may be configured to generate one or more tokens based on the payment data and provide the one or more tokens to the payment gateway server. During payment processing, the payment gateway server may be configured to provide the one or more tokens to the detokenizer server configured to determine the payment data based on the one or more tokens to facilitate completion of a financial transaction. In some embodiments, the one or more tokens may be stored for subsequent payments. Furthermore, some embodiments may provide for secure promotion redemptions in addition or alternative to payments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Dwyer Watson, Benjamin Pierce McKean, Sean Nicholas Harper, Josh Krall, Qi Li
  • Patent number: 9904942
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for adding at least one advertisement to a personal communication and providing additional communication data to a recipient that interacts with the advertisement. A sender network device communicates with an advertising application operating on a Web site to generate a personal communication containing at least one advertisement, where the at least one advertisement is selected from a palette of advertisements. In one embodiment of the present invention, the sender has control over advertisements that are displayed together with the personal communication by allowing the sender to delete (or remove) an advertisement from either the at least one advertisement or the palette of advertisements. If a displayed advertisement is interactive, and the advertisement is interacted with, the advertising application will provide the recipient with additional communication data in a format that can be understood by the recipient network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Richard A. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 9892445
    Abstract: A transaction arbiter system and method is disclosed which incorporates a merchant function database under control of a transaction arbiter that permits merchants to interact in an automated way with bids generated by other merchants. Rather than utilizing fixed price schedules as taught by the prior art, the present invention permits each merchant to define a set of functions which describe how the merchant will respond to a customer request-for-quote for a given product or service. These merchant functions interact with both the customer request-for-quote and the results of other merchant functions to generate a dynamic real-time bidding system which integrates competition among merchant bidders to achieve an optimal consumer price for a given product or service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Jorge Arturo Maass
  • Patent number: 9894177
    Abstract: A method is provided for managing a social network of devices. The method provides a non-transitory memory, a network interface, and a social network application. Network-connected local devices create user accounts in the social network and populate a user profile listing device characteristics. Some examples of device characteristics include model and serial number. A central server is then able to access the user profiles in the social network, and cross-reference user profiles to a first device characteristic. The central server sends queries via the social network to selected local devices matching the first device characteristic and receives responses to the queries via the social network from the selected local devices. Further, the central server may maintain a database, stored in a central non-transitory memory, of queries and responses cross-referenced to the local devices. A system is also provided for managing devices using a social networking application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Swee Huat Sng, Lena Sojian, Roger Shih
  • Patent number: 9891797
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for direct manipulation of a triangular distribution of information. The system includes a graphical user interface for receiving user inputted values. The system further includes a data calculator for generating estimates based on the user inputted values, and for generating curves for display on a grid based on at least one of, the user inputted values and the estimates. The graphical user interface respectively receives the user inputted values based at least on a current position of a pointer on the grid. The graphical user interface is capable of applying a direct manipulation to at least one of the user inputted values and the estimates, such that a result of the direct manipulation is displayed on the grid and enters triplets corresponding to an expected value, an upper bound for the expected value, and a lower bound for the expected value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Murray R. Cantor, Paul M. Matchen, Vadakkedathu T. Rajan, Clay E. Williams
  • Patent number: 9886523
    Abstract: An intelligent search and interface customization system including innovative methods of processing user requests and optimizing search results is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: DELONACO LIMITED
    Inventor: Maxym Polyakov
  • Patent number: 9886714
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for protecting privacy of parties to electronic transactions, such as transactions conducted through a GSM network. An anonymity service provider receives orders directed from its subscriber to a recipient for goods or services, along with information about its subscriber. The anonymity service provider relays the order to the recipient but withholds information about the subscriber, as the subscriber directs. The recipient receives payment for the good or service by way of a voucher from the anonymity service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert R. Sullivan, Jr., David W. Aucsmith
  • Patent number: 9852457
    Abstract: A registration system receives a registration to participate with an organization and a merchandise purchase order from a participant. The registration and merchandise order is processed in a single shopping cart transaction by the organization. Provision of merchandise and order fulfillment is performed by a merchandise supplier of the merchandise that ships the merchandise ordered directly to the participant. Merchandise supplier is compensated through a separate agreement with the organization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: League Sports Services LLC
    Inventors: Anthony P. Bruno, John F. Haller
  • Patent number: 9842142
    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: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Mark D Yuan, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 9836743
    Abstract: A user interface to register merchants. The user interface is configured to allow a merchant to search and identify a set of transaction parameters that are used in authorization and/or settlement messages of payment transactions initiated for a store of the merchant and allow the merchant to obtain a store identifier representing the set of transaction parameters. The store identifier, for example, can be used to label offers of the store of the merchant. Thus, whether or not an authorization or settlement message transmitted in the payment processing network for a payment transaction is for the store can be determined based on whether or not the transaction parameters in the message match with the set of transaction parameters represented by the store identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Ilker Celikyilmaz, Kalpana Jogi, Muhammad Bassam Adil Khan, Basudeb Ghosh, Mahesh Govind Joshi, Raman Chinnappan, Rajive Gupta, Ryan Hagey, Shashideep Chanda
  • Patent number: 9819802
    Abstract: A computing apparatus configured to perform natural language processing, e.g., by comparing the words in a communication transcript of a user to a list of keywords, to generate an input vector representing a pattern of text in the communication transcript. A predictive model is generated from correlating input vectors to user ranking scores, e.g., for retention. The input vector determined from a communication transcript is applied to the computation model to compute a predicted retention score of the user. The retention score can be used, for example, to select a personalized recommendation for a communication connection to an adviser and/or a targeted offer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: INGENIO, LLC
    Inventor: Neeraj Jandwani
  • Patent number: 9819603
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for adaptive bandwidth throttling. A monitor module determines a network bandwidth and/or a historical bandwidth for a data transfer between a storage source and a storage target. A target module adjusts a target bandwidth for a data transfer using a weighting factor. A target bandwidth may be based on at least one of a network bandwidth and a historical bandwidth. A weighting factor for a target bandwidth may be based on a priority for a data transfer. A transfer module transfers at least a block of data of a data transfer from a storage source to a storage target in a manner configured to satisfy a target bandwidth. A delay before transferring a block and/or a block size for the block may be selected based on a target bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: NexGen Storage, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Rector
  • Patent number: 9818080
    Abstract: A method for categorizing a use scenario of a product is disclosed. The method includes extracting, from a text describing the use scenario of the product, at least one feature tuple capable of characterizing the use scenario and performing a latent semantic association analysis on the at least one feature tuple to obtain a latent topic sequence for the use scenario. Further, the method includes determining a product scenario category to which the use scenario belongs according to the latent topic sequence for the use scenario. Additionally, a corresponding apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keke Cai, HongLei Guo, Wei Hong Qian, Zhong Su, Li Zhang, Shiwan Zhao
  • Patent number: 9811811
    Abstract: Computer system, computer-implemented method, and program product for managing transaction comprising: administering clients' deposits to and withdrawals from client transaction accounts; determining a client available deposit amount, Di, determining, for Di, a value of Ni banks for the respective client transaction account, wherein Ni is a whole number and (X) times (Ni) is equal to or less than 100, where X is a distribution percent value to be distributed to each of the Ni banks; allocating, the percentage, X, multiplied by the client deposit amount, Di, calculating, for the banks a respective net deposit amount; generating instructions to transfer funds; and updating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Island Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Bent, Bruce Bent, II, Rebecca Gareis Bent, David Edgar Gareis
  • Patent number: 9792784
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a shopping support server includes a merchandise list unit that lists merchandise a shopper plans to purchase; a merchandise evaluation unit that identifies merchandise listed by the merchandise list unit upon which the shopper has performed a health evaluation; a calculation unit that calculates a ratio between the merchandise listed by the merchandise list unit and merchandise identified by the merchandise evaluation unit; and a notification unit that notifies the shopper of the ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masami Takahata, Naoki Watanabe, Tomonori Ikumi
  • Patent number: 9785312
    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: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: James S. Farrin, P.C.
    Inventors: Eric Jason Sanchez, Jan Schroeder, Richard Christopher Low
  • Patent number: 9779437
    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: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaoming Zhang
  • Patent number: 9761213
    Abstract: An acceleration sound generation device for a vehicle using at least one of an acceleration operation of the vehicle, an acceleration force generated by the acceleration operation, and an acceleration state obtained by the acceleration force as a control parameter. The acceleration sound generation device includes a sound generation unit and an acceleration sound delay unit. The sound generation unit generates an acceleration sound in a vehicle passenger compartment in response to an acceleration sound signal that is generated based on the control parameter. The acceleration sound delay unit delays output of the acceleration sound by the sound generation unit such that the acceleration sound changes and is delayed with respect to a change in the control parameter. The acceleration sound delay unit sets a delay degree of the acceleration sound at a rising time of the control parameter separately from at a falling time of the control parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunichi Kanehara, Wataru Ogose, Koji Shionome
  • Patent number: 9721298
    Abstract: An apparatus configured with software that enables participants to exchange trade-credit comprising one or more databases and processing components and which utilizes automated value matching algorithms and trade search engine algorithms to discover and process exchange paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Auden RovelleQuartz
  • Patent number: 9710860
    Abstract: A method and system for reconciling data, the method comprising receiving account data including records of holdings, transactions and cash balances of an manager and a custodian. The account data is matched based on a set of rules for matching custodian and manager data. A holding matching process, transaction matching process, and cash matching process are provided to identify matches and exceptions in the records of the holdings, transactions and cash balances from the account data, which may be displayed to an end-user. The method further comprises receiving a request to investigate the exceptions in the records and providing at least one of cash, holding, and transaction investigations of the exceptions in the records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: John P. Landry, Jr., Todd J. Sloan, Lawrence W. Smith, Jeffrey M. Alpher
  • Patent number: 9710811
    Abstract: A central transaction server in electronic commerce card authorization system enables the electronic commerce card association to manage and monitor the authentication system. The central transaction server acts as an intermediary for all communications between the access control server used for authentication. If any portion of the authentication system fails, the central transaction server compensates by providing appropriate responses to other portions of the system. The centralized transaction server translates all incoming traffic into a format compatible with the intended recipient, enabling portions of the system to be upgraded without breaking compatibility with the non-upgraded portions. The centralized transaction server also enables the integration of formally separate portions of the authentication system into a single unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: VISA U.S.A. INC.
    Inventor: Steve Davis