Representative Agent Patents (Class 705/26.43)
  • Patent number: 10846307
    Abstract: Metadata elements are created and validated. Once the metadata element is validated it is applied to raw incoming data. If a match is obtained, then the raw data is sent to a designated storage structure. When there is no match, then the raw data is sent to a data structure designated for unorganized raw data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CSG Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Prashant Dudami, Dharmesh S. Mistry, Ahmed Mohiuddin
  • Patent number: 10733271
    Abstract: A game identifier of an encrypted streaming electronic game to be streamed to a playback device may be received. The game identifier may comprise a title of the encrypted streaming electronic game. An electronic ticket for access by the playback device to a secured portion of the encrypted streaming electronic game may be gathered. The electronic ticket may specify a first gameplay state. The electronic ticket may be used to access the secured portion of the encrypted streaming electronic game at the first gameplay state. One or more gameplay actions to transform the encrypted streaming electronic game to a second gameplay state may be received. The second gameplay state may be provided to a state server, where the state server configured to instruct a license server to modify the electronic ticket to specify the second gameplay state for the encrypted streaming electronic game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ACER CLOUD TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Wei Yen, Pramila Srinivasan, John Princen, Raymond W. Lo, Wilson Ho
  • Patent number: 10713708
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein each include at least one of systems, devices, methods, and software for on-demand routing upon location detection. One such embodiment is in the form of a method. This embodiment includes detecting a mobile device is present at a facility and retrieving available order data associated with an account registered with the mobile device. When order data is available and retrieved, the method may then output the order data to facilitate fulfillment of one or more orders included in the retrieved data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Plattenburg, Matthew Phillip Kamp
  • Patent number: 10650439
    Abstract: A system includes N location indicators and a mobile scanning device. The N location indicators are configured to be arranged throughout a store that includes a plurality of stocked items for picking according to one or more electronic customer orders. Each of the N location indicators is configured to transmit a different location signal. The mobile scanning device includes a display. The mobile scanning device is configured to wirelessly receive an electronic customer order comprising a plurality of ordered items indicating which of the stocked items are to be picked, detect at least one of the N location signals, and arrange at least some of the plurality of ordered items on the display based on which of the at least one of the N location signals is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas Francis
  • Patent number: 10628557
    Abstract: A method and system for network-based distribution of content are disclosed. The distribution of content is not only secure but also controlled. The security restricts access to content within media files during downloads as well as while stored at a server or client. In one embodiment, each media file is encrypted with a different, randomly generated key. The control over the distribution of the media file can serve to limit the subsequent distribution of media files from clients to other clients. In another embodiment, the control can permit media files to be shared on a limited number of different clients affiliated with the same user. The clients can vary with application but generally are computing devices that have memory storage. Often, the clients are personal computers or other computing devices that are capable of storing and presenting content to their users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Dowdy, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Guy L. Tribble, David Heller
  • Patent number: 10572927
    Abstract: This application is related to a system and related methods for providing a user with a hair product based on the user's hair type, location, water characteristics associated with a location or water used when applying the hair products, and/or other factors. The system develops various databases, including data indicating global environment conditions at the city, state, and/or regional level, and chemical ingredients that achieve specific hair effects. Upon receiving a request from a user specifying at a desired hair result, the system determines a hair product for the user based on water hardness, and recommends a hair product or sends the user a hair product in accordance with the user's desired hair effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Rachel Abramowitz
  • Patent number: 10572923
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for providing customer assistance for a product in a retail store. The customer accesses customer assistance through a mobile application on their mobile device. If available, a physical customer assistance associate provides assistance to the customer. If a physical customer assistance associate is not available, a remote customer assistance associate provides assistance to the customer. If neither a physical and/or remote customer assistance associate is available, the customer may select a comparison of the product with related in stock products. A comparison may also be selected in combination with a physical and/or remote customer assistance associate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Andrew White, Julie Campbell
  • Patent number: 10534866
    Abstract: A processor-implemented method, system, and/or computer program product generate an intelligent persona agent for use in designing a product. One or more processors input a persona specification into an intelligent persona agent generator. The persona specification describes attributes of a set of model users of a particular type of product, and the intelligent personal agent generator creates an intelligent persona agent that is a software-based version of the set of model users. The intelligent persona agent monitors intermediate design choices taken during a design of a product of the particular type of product by a design team. In response to the intelligent persona agent identifying an intermediate design choice that will lead to a feature that is in conflict with the persona specification of the intelligent persona agent, designers modify the intermediate design choice, which modifies the design of the product in order to create an improved product design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Bogue, Daniel M. Gruen
  • Patent number: 10536267
    Abstract: The solution herein describes a software module that works in combination with certain hardware (e.g., a particular chipset) to obtain the level of security provided by an HSM. The software module can be implemented on a commodity server. The software module can utilize an HSM or key custodian to obtain cryptographic keys. The cryptographic keys may be stored on the commodity server within a secure memory space managed by the commodity server's chip set. While stored, access to the cryptographic keys may be managed by the chip set. The chip set can ensure that only protected applications associated with the cryptographic keys may access said keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Adam Conway, Avinash Kalgi
  • Patent number: 10521851
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for fulfilling orders for multiple entities located on websites with distinct entity checkout systems with a single user input. The process for fulfilling orders for two entities includes receiving a first indication to purchase a first entity and a second indication to purchase a second entity, where the first entity is associated with a first retailer and the second entity is associated with a second retailer. The method also includes extracting information associated with the first and second entities from the respective web pages where the entities are available for purchase, and receiving a user input to initiate order fulfillment. The method further includes checking the availability of the entities at their respective retailers and providing alternate entities and/or retailers, if applicable. The method is completed by deploying fulfillment agents and purchase agents for completing the transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: KEEP HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Philip Kurnit, Charles Myslinsky, Ryan Quigley, Scott Craig Germaise
  • Patent number: 10475099
    Abstract: Various approaches provide for determining the selection and/or ranking of items to display based at least in part upon the probabilities of a user being interested in those items. The probabilities can be based on profile information of a user. The profile information can include a three-dimensional virtual model of the user. When a search for content is received, the information for the three-dimensional virtual model can be used to determine a set of items. For each item, a matching score quantifying a visual appreciation can be determined based on how well an item virtually “fits” the three-dimensional virtual model. Based on the matching score, the selection and/or ranking of items to display can be determined. In some situations, the items can be shown to appear to be worn by the three-dimensional virtual model. The user can purchase items, cause item information to be presented to other users or sent to other devices, and/or perform other such actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: A9.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Jagadeshwar Reddy Nomula, Erick Cantu-Paz, David Mark Ciemiewicz, Francois Huet, Priyank Singh
  • Patent number: 10460405
    Abstract: When detecting a reduction in the price of an airline ticket included in an airline ticket and plan voucher combination that does not meet any set of desired purchase conditions specified by users, a set item providing server SA notifies information to prompt reduction in the price of a plan voucher included in a combination that fails to satisfy any set of desired purchase conditions that has no hits, among combinations of the marked-down airline ticket and a plan voucher, to the facility provider that provides the plan voucher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Naoki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10445801
    Abstract: A system is provided that dynamically determines a sold-to legal entity associated with an electronic financial document. The system receives a request to generate the electronic financial document and qualifiers including attributes of the electronic financial document. The system further selects a supply chain financial orchestration flow based on programmable business rules and the qualifiers. The system further selects a sold-to legal entity that is defined by the selected supply chain financial orchestration flow. The system further generated the electronic financial document comprising the selected sold-to legal entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Suman Guha, Valerie Jeanne Dubois, Neil Ramsay, Shibhu Nambiar, Kalyana Chakravarthy Dande, Karthik Natarajan, Shyam Sundar Santhanam
  • Patent number: 10402798
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and apparatus for open tab transactions. A customer device, e.g., a smart phone, can generate an order for purchasing one or more goods or services from a merchant. A list of the items can be stored in a data structure designated as a tab. The list is routed to a merchant device, e.g., a tablet computer. The customer device can be carried by a user to the merchant. When the user reaches the merchant, the customer device or merchant device can receive a request to add an additional item to the list. The tab remains open and modifiable until the customer device or merchant device receives an input to close it. Payment for the goods or services listed in the modified tab is processed upon closing of the tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SQUARE, INC.
    Inventors: Ajit Kalidindi Varma, Jesse Reiss
  • Patent number: 10387198
    Abstract: The present invention includes embodiments of systems and methods for addressing the interdependencies that result from integrating the computing resources of multiple hardware and software providers. The integrated, multi-provider cloud-based platform of the present invention employs abstraction layers for communicating with and integrating the resources of multiple back-end hardware providers, multiple software providers and multiple license servers. These abstraction layers and associated functionality free users not only from having to implement and configure provider-specific protocols, but also from having to address interdependencies among selected hardware, software and license servers on a job-level basis or at other levels of granularity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: RESCALE, INC.
    Inventors: Gregorius E. Poort, Mulyanto W. Poort, Ryan A. Kaneshiro, Adam C. McKenzie, Alexander D. Kudlick, Mark G. Whitney, Alexander P. Huang, Dongting Yu
  • Patent number: 10373383
    Abstract: Provided herein are method, apparatus, and computer program products for generating a first and second three dimensional interactive environment. The first three dimensional interactive environment may contain one or more engageable virtual interfaces that correspond to one or more items. Upon engagement with a virtual interface the second three dimensional interactive environment is produced to virtual simulation related to the one or more items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GROUPON, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Werner
  • Patent number: 10355797
    Abstract: A server device that communicates with a user device and the server device is enabled to receive a request for a copy of content, the request including a first identifier associated with the content, information associated with the user device, and information associated with a broadcast station that is broadcasting the content. The server device may obtain a user profile associated with the user device and obtain a station profile associated with a broadcast station, and identify the content, in the station profile. The server device may obtain the copy of the content to enable the user device to access the copy of the content and send, to the user profile, a notification indicating that the user device is authorized to access to the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Music Pocket, LLC
    Inventor: Mazen Anees Fayyad
  • Patent number: 10187262
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for automated detection of multi-user computing devices such as kiosks, public terminals, and so on. Network resource requests are obtained from a client computing device. It is determined whether the client computing device is a multi-user system based at least in part on whether the network resource requests embody characteristics associated with multi-user systems. The resulting classification is stored and may be used to customize generation of requested network resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesper M. Johansson, Robert Hanson, Daniel W. Hitchcock, Darren E. Canavor
  • Patent number: 10169767
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for providing information during content breakpoints in a virtual universe. The system comprises a placement engine configured to detect a content breakpoint within a virtual universe, which is defined as at least one of a login process, a logoff process, a teleportation, a wait state, and during any point where a user changes information streams in the virtual universe. The system also comprises an insertion resolution engine configured to create a list of prioritized information to present to a user within the virtual universe and an information definition engine configured to present the prioritized information to the user of the virtual universe during the content breakpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sheila E. Allen, Christopher J. Dawson, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10142187
    Abstract: A device may include one or more processors. The device may receive first information identifying a plurality of nodes and transactions associated with the plurality of nodes. The transactions may be between nodes, of the plurality of nodes, and entities of a plurality of entities. The device may determine geographical locations corresponding to the plurality of nodes. The device may determine second information, based on the first information, that may identify nodes, of the plurality of nodes, that are associated with shared entities. The device may generate, based on the geographical locations and the second information, a geographical network. The device may select a selected node, of the geographical network, on which to perform an action. The device may determine third information based on predicting future performance of the geographical network assuming that the action is performed. The device may store or provide the third information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Soltuions Limited
    Inventors: Charu Nahata, Milton Jay Merl, Amit C. Naik, Yogesh P. Pawar, Harsiddhi Tamboli, Joseph S. Bottom
  • Patent number: 10062127
    Abstract: A computerized method for optimizing a corporation's real estate lease portfolio to reduce over-market leases, while at the same time helping to efficiently pick new lease locations that best meet corporate objectives. This system scores various potential new lease Comps in accordance with customer selected and weighted factors, including a novel set of Key Selected Driver factors that rate a building's suitability to the customer's needs, according to an algorithmic scoring system. The system also comprises a financial modeling section that extrapolates both projected present Site's lease costs, inclusive of operating expenses and projected alternate locations (Comp's) lease costs, inclusive of estimated operating expenses into the future, calculates projected savings, and presents the results in the form of a comparison to market benchmark. The system also determines the percentage of Utilization that the corporation is achieving compared against the maximum Capacity of their real estate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Donald Charles Catalano
  • Patent number: 9978109
    Abstract: An integrated computerized method, oriented to mobile computerized devices such as tablet computers and Smartphone's, for assisting real estate brokers in conducting client site visits and tours to various real properties of interest and/or the client by themselves in visiting and touring various real estate properties of interest. The method comprises various software modules, including software modules to assist in various numeric comparative property evaluation schemes, modules to automatically present building floor plans and other information at defined tour locations, and modules to show images or CAD drawings of proposed property modifications (often using augmented reality techniques). Other modules may additionally help manage the tour, including semi-automatic notification of tour itinerary changes, management of tour route instructions, and audio or text narration during selected portions of the tour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Donald Charles Catalano
  • Patent number: 9967446
    Abstract: Disclosed is a personalized shopping mall system using a virtual camera, which can make a user feel as if he or she is actually visiting and shopping at the offline shop by creating a virtual camera having a different ROI from an image of the offline shop captured by a physical camera and streaming a shopping mall page including the virtual camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ITX-M2M Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang Yeol Park
  • Patent number: 9811867
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method, system, and computer-readable storage medium comprising instructions for notifying a user of available realty in proximity to the user's approximate current location. In an embodiment, a triggering location region is defined based on the user's approximate current location. The triggering location region includes a second location that is associated with another person's profile that correlates with the user's profile. An alert is automatically provided to the user if available realty is within the defined triggering location region. In another embodiment, if available realty within the triggering location region meets the user's preferred criteria, information about the available realty may be automatically provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bradly Jay Billman, Charles Lee Oakes, III, Reynaldo Medina, III, Michael Patrick Bueche
  • Patent number: 9811842
    Abstract: A computer readable medium is disclosed containing a computer program useful for performing a method for sending advertising data, the computer program comprising instructions to send a video data stream comprising advertising data from an IPTV server to a first end user device, instructions to receive at the IPTV server selection data from the first end user device selecting the advertising data and a second end user device and instructions to send from the IPTV server a data associated with the advertising data to the second end user device. A system is disclosed for performing the method. A data structure is disclosed for use by the system and method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Roland Noll, Mary Catherine McCarthy
  • Patent number: 9684690
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for information retrieval. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a search query in a search interface; determining that the received search query is a flights-related query; and in response to determining that the search query is a flights-related query and without further user input, providing a flight search interface including a plurality of search dimensions and a plurality of flight search results, each dimension associated with an attribute of flight search and each dimension having an associated value, wherein one or more dimension values correspond to values extracted from the search query, and wherein the plurality of flight search results are filtered according to the dimension values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Marcin Z. Brodziak, Emmet J. Connolly, Alejandro Diaz, Emmanuel Francois-David Pellereau, Stefan H. Pharies, Jiri Semecky, Petter Wedum
  • Patent number: 9639877
    Abstract: Electronic content items such as electronic books are enhanced by identifying citations within the content items, identifying sources of the objects of the citations, and associating the citations with such sources so that readers of the content items can easily purchase or otherwise obtain the citation objects. The citations may be updated as new products become available or information related to the products changes over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Petts, Aaron James Dykstra, Laura Ellen Grit, Lindsey Christina Fowler, Dennis H. Harding, George M. Ionkov, Samuel A. Minter
  • Patent number: 9621480
    Abstract: Providing for external control of data network client resources for application-based client network access is described herein. By way of example, the external control can be implemented by a third party service provider in conjunction with delivery of content to the client devices. The external control can be provided over a network gateway, for instance, and facilitate a proxy access to resource allocation components of the data network, or alternatively a direct communication access between the resource allocation components and third party service provider. The external control enables a content service provider to allocate resources on an as-needed basis to subsets of client devices requesting such content. Billing for data network resources as well as for service provider content can be reconciled among the respective networks and client according to a predetermined billing arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: VIGO SOFTWARE LTD
    Inventors: Anton Prokopenko, Konstantin Malets, Denis Kulikov
  • Patent number: 9471440
    Abstract: Saving database storage space includes receiving, using a processor, one or more properties associated with a newly released commodity input at a front-end server; determining whether the one or more properties of the newly released commodity match a standard property unit (SPU), wherein the SPU includes a plurality of properties common to at least two commodities of which data is stored at a back-end server; and in the event that the one or more properties of the newly released commodity match the SPU, storing data associated with binding the newly released commodity with the matching SPU at the back-end server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventors: Xu Qiang Yue, Chen Zhu, Ke Jin, Hu Wei, Jing Feng Luo, Ling Cao
  • Patent number: 9460411
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating delivery of a package to a customer are described. The methods include receiving a delivery order, the order including a signature requirement; requesting a visual identification of an authorized receiver of the package from a user; receiving the visual identification from the user; and transmitting the visual identification to a shipping carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: German Scipioni
  • Patent number: 9432253
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for automated detection of multi-user computing devices such as kiosks, public terminals, and so on. Network resource requests are obtained from a client computing device. It is determined whether the client computing device is a multi-user system based at least in part on whether the network resource requests embody characteristics associated with multi-user systems. The resulting classification is stored and may be used to customize generation of requested network resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesper M. Johansson, Robert Hanson, Daniel W. Hitchcock, Darren E. Canavor
  • Patent number: 9378494
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for suspending and resuming transactions through wireless beacon communications. A merchant may set up a wireless beacon with employee devices. The beacons may connect to a user's device and assist the employee with determining and suspending a transaction for the user. Based on the connections between the user's device and a wireless beacon attached to an employee device, the employee device may receive an identifier for the user. The identifier may also be received from a previous check-in by the user. The employee or a user may scan one or more items that the user may wish to purchase. A transaction may be generated using the scan and may be associated with the user's identifier. Later the transaction may be recalled using the user's identifier or a transaction code identifying the transaction. Payment information for the user may also be associated with the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Mobeen Syed
  • Patent number: 9092817
    Abstract: A method and system for placing an order to purchase an item via the Internet. The order is placed by a user at a client system and received by a server system. The client system can display information identifying the item and, for each of multiple procurement options having information related to ordering the identified item, can display an indication of the procurement option such that selection of the displayed indication represents an ordering of the identified item using the information of the procurement option. In response to selection of a displayed indication, the client system can send to a server computer a request to order the identified item using the information of the procurement option for the selected indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Allocca, Jordan Hay, Jonathan A. LeBlang, Colleen McQueen, James Prudente
  • Publication number: 20150149322
    Abstract: Provided is an information transaction apparatus including a receiving unit, a storage unit, and a transaction unit. The receiving unit receives user information on an information provider or a provider terminal from the provider terminal used by the information provider. The storage unit stores the user information received by the receiving unit in a user information memory unit. In the case of accepting an acquisition request for the user information from a user terminal used by an information user, the transaction unit controls a transaction process of providing the user information corresponding to the acquisition request to the user terminal and paying a reward to the information provider which is a transmission source of the provided user information based on factor information which affects a value of the user information stored in the user information memory unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Teruhiko TERAOKA, Hidehito GOMI, Kota TSUBOUCHI
  • Patent number: 9031871
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to inventory governance in a virtual universe. A method of inventory governance in a virtual universe (VU) includes: providing an inventory for a virtual universe (VU) resident; and providing means for governing at least one aspect of the inventory, the governing means comprising at least one of: an administrative interface for establishing an authorizing relationship between the VU resident and an authorizing entity; a filtering interface for administering at least one filter to the inventory; or a monitoring interface for providing capability to monitor at least one of: the VU resident or the inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rick A. Hamilton, II, Jenny S. Li, Clifford A. Pickover, Anne R. Sand
  • Publication number: 20150127488
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein disclose methods and systems for a centralized interface where real estate agents, home buyers, and home sellers may interact with one another. The centralized interface may present information associated with a property a home seller desires to sell, features associated with a property that a home buyer desires to purchase, a real estate agent's commission rate, and information associated with the quality of the real estate agents, which may affect the price the home buyer buys or home seller sells their property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: William CUTLER
  • Patent number: 9014662
    Abstract: A pre-paid mobile phone cash wallet system. The system comprises a processor, a memory, and an application stored in the memory. When executed by the processor, the application receives an initiation message of a pre-paid mobile phone cash wallet, wherein the initiation message identifies a pre-paid wireless communication account, an amount of money presented, and a wallet initiation agent, creates the wallet, where a funds balance of the wallet initially comprises at least a portion of the amount of money presented, persists an association between the wallet and the wallet initiation agent in a memory, and determines a monetary reward for the wallet initiation agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Michael A. Gailloux, Lauren Ricardo St. Aubyn King
  • Publication number: 20150100461
    Abstract: Mobile robotic system allows multiple users to visit authentic places without physically being there. Users with variable requirements are able to take part in controlling a single controllable device simultaneously; users take part in controlling robot's movement according to their interest. A system administrator selects and defines criteria for robot's movement; the mobile robot with video and audio devices on it is remotely controlled by a server which selects the robot's movement according to the users and system administrator criteria. The server provides information to users; the robot's location influences the content of the information. Such robotic system may be used for shopping, visiting museums and other public touristic attractions over the Internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Dan Baryakar, Andreea Baryakar
  • Patent number: 9002736
    Abstract: The present invention is an applications gateway that offers multiple functions and features for specific geographic venue locations, while providing easy access to advertising, purchasing, and redemption opportunities for that specific geographic venue location. Venue locations can be stadiums, shopping malls, amusement parks, open air spaces where people can congregate, and/or buildings, which most often require the presence of a concentration of people. The venue location may correlate to the location of the hand-held mobile unit or it may be a remote geographic venue location not near the location of the hand-held mobile unit. Access to the gateway application is through a hand-held mobile unit, which can include a mobile phone, smartphone device, or portable computer having a wireless radio transmission connection. (e.g. iPhone, Droid, iPad, Slate, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Wohlwend, Peter J. Walsh, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150088689
    Abstract: The method is a method for product recognition. The method includes receiving a product search request from a user. The method also includes performing an automatic search to identify the product. The method also includes generating an automatic search result. The method also includes analyzing an automatic search result of the automatic search to verify that the automatic search result satisfies a criterion for sending to the user. The method also includes sending the product search request to a human operator in response to a determination that the automatic search result fails to satisfy the criterion. The method also includes receiving an operator search result from the human operator. The method also includes sending the operator search result to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: TECH MASTER INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Eduardo de Castro Leao Monteiro, Erico Sant'Anna Perrella, Romulo Augusto de Carvalho Oliveira, Fabio Eduardo Elias
  • Patent number: 8983864
    Abstract: A system for linking a shopper's online electronic shopping cart with the shopper's in-store electronic shopping cart is provided. The system includes an online website of a merchant for the purchase of goods by one or more shoppers. Each shopper is provided with an online electronic shopping cart accessible through the website and an in-store electronic shopping cart accessible at a local retail location. The online and in-store electronic shopping carts are linked by placing one or more items contained in the online shopping cart in the in-store shopping cart and vice versa. Related apparatus, methods, techniques and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Blueport Commerce
    Inventor: Carl Prindle
  • Publication number: 20150052017
    Abstract: A system receives input from a seller agent of a first business organization and a centralized purchasing agent of a second business organization. The second business organization includes a plurality of decentralized business departments. The system generates an entitlement for an online purchasing site using the input from the seller agent and the input from the purchasing agent. The entitlement includes a validity condition and an impact condition. The system receives an input from one of the decentralized business departments, examines the validity conditions of the purchased entitlement, and in response to a determination that the validity conditions of the purchased entitlement are met, executes the impact conditions of the selected entitlement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: SAP AG
    Inventors: Stefan Wenzel, Stefan Neumann
  • Publication number: 20150052016
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing telephone orders includes a communications module that establishes a telephonic connection between a customer service representative of a merchant and a customer, and an identification module that receives an identifier linking the customer to a billing profile a billing profile access module that receives electronic access to the billing profile. The billing profile includes billing information of the customer. The apparatus includes a transaction module that processes a sales order using the billing profile of the customer in response to a customer approval of the sales order. The sales order is for a product and/or a service offered by the merchant. The billing information of the billing profile is unavailable for viewing by the customer service representative.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Teleperformance USA
    Inventor: Alan Truitt
  • Publication number: 20150032571
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a system and method for providing cross-border transaction buying assistance are provided. In example embodiments, an option is presented to a cross-border buyer to purchase an item from a domestic networked commerce system using a buying agent. Based on a purchase of the item using the buying agent, instructions are sent to a seller of the item to ship the item to a domestic location corresponding to the buying agent. Once received by the buying agent, the buying agent is responsible for managing delivery of the item to the cross-border buyer from the domestic location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Marc Delingat, Joseph Edward Black, Yoram Vardi, Frederick Ty
  • Patent number: 8918337
    Abstract: First business process data obtained from a first trading participant includes a set of transaction messages having a first data format in accordance with a first protocol for conducting business transactions used by the first trading participant. A virtual trading participant receives fictitious business process data from the first trading participant and acknowledging the fictitious business process data and replying to the first trading participant that the fictitious business process data has been acknowledged. Operational characteristics and a connectivity of a currently trading participant connected to a process management platform accessible via an interconnection fabric are tested, by utilizing the virtual trading participant to determine if the data defining individual business processes is in a uniform format understood by a process management platform. The virtual trading participant is utilized to ensure compatibility with an identified version of the uniform format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Fadi B. Chehade, Tony P. Curwen, Linda York
  • Publication number: 20140330665
    Abstract: A method and system for negotiating improved terms for a product being purchased over the Internet. Once a purchaser has made a decision to buy a specific product over the Internet, the purchaser may use the services of a personal negotiating broker-agent program to beat the best available purchase transaction within a specifiable time window. The personal broker-agent program may detect an issuance of a commitment to purchase over the Internet by a purchaser. The personal broker-agent program may then make an offer to the purchaser the option of waiting a predetermined amount of time while the broker agent searches for improved items. On acceptance of the option by the purchaser, the personal broker-agent program may conduct an auction and/or search the Internet for a better deal and may evaluate the auction and/or search responses to determine the best deal. The personal broker-agent program may then execute the best deal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Nobuyoshi Morimoto
  • Publication number: 20140316943
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and apparatus for integrating e-commerce providers with third-party vendors. The method comprises receiving an order from one vendor of a plurality of vendors, wherein the order comprises a vendor identification, a fulfillment identification, and a vendor stock keeping unit (SKU), and wherein a plurality of the vendors each has a unique communication protocol; mapping the fulfillment identification to a user identification (userID) known to a provider; mapping the vendor SKU to a provider SKU; generating a provisioning call responsive to the mapping; and provisioning the SKU for the userID in a database of the provider in response to the provisioning call.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Sanjeev Kumar Biswas, Daniel Carl Brotsky, Shyama Prasad Padhi
  • Publication number: 20140279237
    Abstract: A system for facilitating association of a consumer with a transaction agent includes a database server accessible over a communications network and configured to store data comprising either of a buyer lead pool, and selling agent lead pool. The database server is accessible by an application server having a web application that allows a consumer to indicate whether the consumer is interested in buying a property or in selling property. In the former case, the system sends a message to the listing agency whereupon the listing agent may access, or “claim,” the buyer's data, and allows non-listing agents to claim the data if the listing agent declines. In case the consumer desires to sell property, the system notifies all agents within the relevant geographic area corresponding to the property and allows a consumer to interview candidate agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: John Cole, Mete Kamil, Ron Litzenberger, Adam Campbell
  • Publication number: 20140279239
    Abstract: An informational and educational blog within a platform that acts as a marketplace for booking appointments for services desired by a user comprising compiling a database of companies available for the user to search, the database comprising a profile about each company, including the category of services, the location of the company and the available appointments for the services, a search platform accessible by a user operating a computer or a mobile device, the platform allowing the user to search by a category of service, name of a company, location, or date and time available for an appointment, the platform comprising a chat option whereby the user can contact a platform agent to arrange available appointments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Kuyam Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kourosh Gohar, Tony Rhoton, Todd M. Zebert, Jackie Chang
  • Publication number: 20140279236
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of creating and maintaining an online store, comprising the steps of establishing a master account at a system server; establishing a first account, the settings of the first account being stored in a database, wherein the first account is initiated through the master account; establishing a second account, the settings of the second account being stored in the database, wherein the second account is initiated through the first account, the second account having a link to an online store; relating the master, first, and second accounts such that purchases made at the online store are recorded and tracked at the master, first, and second accounts and control settings of the second account are determined through the master account; processing purchases made at the online store by the master account; and sharing revenue from the online store purchases by the master, first, and second account.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: HERAEUS KULZER, LLC
    Inventor: P. Christopher Holden