Request For Offers Or Quotes Patents (Class 705/26.4)
  • Publication number: 20140365329
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and computing system for defining a shipping inquiry for moving a specific piece of heavy equipment from a starting location to a destination location. One of a plurality of shipping inquiry submission options is selected, wherein the plurality of shipping inquiry submission options includes: at least one direct submission option that submits the shipping inquiry to a single preferred service provider, requesting that the single preferred service provider fulfill the shipping inquiry; and at least one bid submission option that submits the shipping inquiry to a predefined group of service providers, requesting that the members of the predefined group of service providers submit competitive bids for fulfilling the shipping inquiry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Cox, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140365327
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a non-transitory computer storage medium, for providing reverse auctions for goods and services in real-time. In one aspect, a method includes storing profile information associated with a plurality of information sources, each source associated with a category. A request for information from a user including information associated with a good or service sought is analyzed to identify information sources as responsive to the request based on a comparison of the good or service sought and each information source's associated category. Responses are solicited from the identified information sources. In response, a set of responses from at least a subset of the identified information sources is received, which are then ranked based on a comparison of the particular response to the request for information, and at least a subset of which are presented to the user based on the ranking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Steve Crossan, Stanley Chen, Douwe Osinga
  • Publication number: 20140358716
    Abstract: In an electronic negotiation system, a web server stores seller information characterizing an offer. The electronic negotiation system provides for sending and receiving buyer and seller information regarding the offer where the information exchanged includes buyer and seller interest in the offer and a versatility in at least one of the seller defined parameters characterizing the offer. These electronic exchanges may be characterized as occurring in near real-time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: TANKSOFT LLC
    Inventors: Tim Kaufeldt, Nathan Alden, SR.
  • Publication number: 20140344096
    Abstract: A multiple criteria buying and selling system and method is provided. A seller initially establishes a deal structure for a product, which provides seller defined selling criteria information relating to the purchasing of the product, such as volume per unit price, quality, delivery time and warranty information. A buyer will be able to review a list of deals if the seller's selling criteria matches a buyer defined buying criteria. The deal structure is preferably set up so as to provide buyers with both price and non-price criteria information that the buyer's would consider important in a purchase of the type of product being offered by the seller. The deal structure is electronically made available to potential buyers of the product. For example, the deal structure may be displayed on an Internet site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: eWinWin, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory J. Mesaros
  • Publication number: 20140344111
    Abstract: A system and method for conducting electronic business between buyers and sellers is provided. The system and method disclose a means for at least one buyer to request and receive online bids from one or more sellers of a particular product according to a price curve or price schedule. A price schedule or curve for a product defining a product's unit price as a function of the volume of product ordered. Upon receipt of a plurality of bids from sellers, a buyer can then select a seller-supplier based at least in part on the price schedule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: eWinWin, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory J. Mesaros
  • Publication number: 20140344097
    Abstract: A method is provided. User input data corresponding relocating a plurality of items is received at a user interface. An initial cost for the moving company to relocate the plurality of items is determined. Availability data is requested. The availability data indicates whether moving resources of the moving company are available for use during a time frame for relocating the plurality of items. Resource utilization of moving resources of the moving company during the time frame is determined based at least in part on the availability data. A determination is made whether the resource utilization meets a predefined threshold. The initial cost is modified based on whether the resource utilization meets the predefined threshold. A determination is made whether the user accepted the modified initial cost. The relocation of the plurality of items is scheduled by reserving at least some of the moving resources during the time frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Alan HOROWITZ, Mitchell FIELDS
  • Publication number: 20140337157
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to computer and web-based marketplace for moving services. Specifically, this invention relates to systems and methods for providing consumers with quotes for moving services from multiple movers. Embodiments of the present invention allow a consumer to provide details about their move and for movers to provide a customized quote for services based upon the specifics of that consumer's move.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Joel Burlin
  • Publication number: 20140330627
    Abstract: A buyer-centric payables bidding method, system, and computer-implemented program instructions are disclosed. The payables bidding system facilitates the discounting of vouchered payables through an online bid process. In the online auction process, suppliers of goods and/or services bid on the right to collect vouchered payments from buyer before the previously agreed “due date” of those payments. The online bid is defined as the discounted amount a supplier is willing to accept in exchange for obtaining prompt payment on a vouchered payment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Interstate Capital Corp.
    Inventor: Tony Furman
  • Publication number: 20140324621
    Abstract: A system consolidates user interactions with providers of goods and/or services. The system includes an electronic data storage device to store user information corresponding to a user. The system also includes a data processor to administer electronic communications with a plurality of the providers of goods and/or services. The system also includes a consolidation manager to aggregate information from the plurality of the providers into a consolidated format for presentation to the user. Embodiments of the system may aggregate quote information, billing information, and other similar types of information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Clarke Harrison, LLC
    Inventors: James Harrison, Danny Ramdenee
  • Publication number: 20140324622
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically negotiating Internet access between a user and one of a plurality of Internet connection providers. Users can buy or bid for Internet bandwidth, for example, through a server or website or by direct communications with an Internet access point such as, for example, a WIFI access point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Stephen Ball, Kathleen Chapman, Curtis J. Spacht
  • Patent number: 8874474
    Abstract: A communication server 200 acquires a request specifying a desired location for content creation from a requester terminal 310, and provides a notification of the request to an accepter terminal 300 accepting the content creation. The notification history managing unit 206 stores, as notification history, the distance from an accepter terminal to be provided with the notification to the desired recoding location and acceptance information. Upon acquisition of a new request, a request notification terminal selecting unit 203 selects a accepter terminal 300 that is likely to accept the request according to the notification history, and the request notifying unit 204 provides the selected accepter terminal 300 with the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Corporation of America
    Inventors: Ryohei Wakai, Takahisa Fujita, Yuzo Kawamura
  • Publication number: 20140316928
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method and system for customers to identify their Financial Value and to auction this value, through a full-time public network, to selected service and product providers (collectively “vendors”) seeking customers with specific profiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Springer
  • Publication number: 20140316908
    Abstract: Techniques for providing property information are described herein. According to one embodiment, a cloud-based platform at a server is provided to allow property owners to engage with property service providers regarding property improvement projects to be performed on the properties. Information describing tasks of the property improvement projects performed by the property service providers is recorded in a property history database. In response to a request received from a user for information concerning one of the properties, property improvement history data of the property is retrieved from the property history database. A property report is generated for the property, where the property report includes general multi-listing service (MLS) information and the property improvement history of the property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Jay Kalra, Anupam Awasthi, Amol Awasthi
  • Publication number: 20140316614
    Abstract: A data collection system provides a first computer media for collecting image data, a second computer media for analyzing the image data and locating anomalies in the image data, a third computer media for linking particular image data to address data of the property where the anomaly is present and a fourth computer media for generating a list of pertinent properties having similar anomalies by address. The image data collected by an unmanned aerial vehicle or drone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: David L. Newman
  • Publication number: 20140316924
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and program product which facilitate contract formation by making explicit the labor content of a bid presented by a second party (potential supplier) to a first party (buying the services or goods). Software executing on an information handling system and controllably accessible to both parties which provides a common set of the job roles, job skills and costs associated with a bid to be presented. Such clarification by use of a common taxonomic table enables the buying party to better understand the cost build up for the labor component and to rank the cost build up among several bidders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: International Businiess Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard G. Bednar, Amelia C. Carruth, Glenn C. Godoy, Mark Kemp, Gautam Majumdar, Russell E. Parks, Piyawadee Sukaviriya
  • Publication number: 20140316925
    Abstract: A method and system of obtaining a bid from a provider of services, involving creating a client request for proposal (RFP) document, storing the client RFP document in a data store, inviting a bidding service provider to respond a stored client RFP document, allowing an invited bidding service provider to access the stored client RFP document, allowing the bidding service provider to respond to the stored client RFP document, obtaining all completed responses and all rate elements from bidding service providers, generating a comparative financial analysis showing a sorted list of responses, generating a weighted report, the generated weighted report comprising a display of bids having a best compliance with the client RFP document in top down order based on the comparative financial analysis, and providing the generated weighted report to the client.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Teligistics, Inc.
    Inventor: David T. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20140316927
    Abstract: An on-line venue in which buyers can anonymously communicate precisely what product or service they want to purchase by posting an interactive request that a number of sellers/service providers can then directly respond to according to one embodiment of the invention. Such embodiments may promote the buyers interests in directly matching their needs with qualified vendors. In contrast to what others provide, where the buyer has to search within each seller/service providers and then send their request. Embodiments of the present invention broadcast a buyer's needs to relevant/selected sellers/service providers. Such embodiments may take the burden from a buyer in finding the right products and services by self-qualifying the lead to proactive prospective sellers/service providers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Yellcast, Inc.
    Inventor: Venkatakrishnan Ganesan
  • Publication number: 20140316926
    Abstract: An application services marketplace may match various solution providers to a solution request, then creating a bid or proposal for services. Upon acceptance of the bid, the services may be configured and deployed. A market maker may combine multiple solution providers to address a specific request, and may use a schema expressly defined or implied in a request to select and configure a combination of services. The market maker may combine monitoring services with analysis services, monitoring services with load generators, or other combination of services that may be used during development or deployment of an application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Alexander G. Gounares, Russell S. Krajec
  • Publication number: 20140310121
    Abstract: Embodiments for methods, systems and apparatuses of a commerce network for completing a commercial transaction are disclosed. One computer-method includes receiving, by one or more commerce network servers, a buyer-initiated demand for fulfillment of the commercial transaction, identifying suppliers to satisfy the buyer-initiated demand based on buyer policies and supplier characteristics, requesting quotes from the identified suppliers, receiving quotes from the identified suppliers, evaluating and selecting, by the one or more commerce network servers, one or more of the received quotes, wherein evaluating and selecting the one or more of the received quote comprises applying evaluating criteria to the received quotes, wherein the evaluation criteria includes applying a weighted combination of a plurality of evaluating factors, and facilitating presentation of the one or more selected quotes to the buyer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: ARIBA, INC.
    Inventors: Sudhir Bhojwani, Kshitij Dayal, Sanish Mondkar
  • Publication number: 20140304103
    Abstract: A computer program, method, and system for managing shipping transactions provide a graphical user interface that contemporaneously displays a list of shipment requests and one or more interface elements. The shipment requests each display information about a shipment request including a plurality of carriers and associated bid statuses. The interface elements include a create shipment requests interface element that receives a user input. Upon receiving the user input the graphical user interface displays a create shipment request screen that allows a shipper to create multiple shipment requests and send them to at least one carrier. The carrier receives a communication regarding the shipment request and the communication includes a prompt to respond. In response to the prompt a second graphical user interface is displayed to the carrier that allows further communication with the shipper regarding the shipment request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant:, Inc.
    Inventors: Tim A. Barton, Jason Alexander Roberts
  • Publication number: 20140297448
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a technology for purchasing an item to purchase automatically and jointly by using the internet, in particular to a purchasing system and a method thereof on the internet which is capable of economizing human and material resources and lowering the unit cost of an item by performing all processes from a notice of tender to an ordering automatically on the internet and purchasing an item required for many companies and establishments jointly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: LG CNS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chin Tae KIM, Sung Yeob LEE, Tae Gyu LEE
  • Patent number: 8843404
    Abstract: Joint pricing and replenishment of freshness inventory or products having different qualities determines the joint pricing and inventory strategies to optimize the retailer's benefits from product freshness, employing a dynamic programming formulation that incorporates a demand model that captures consumer choice based on both the freshness and price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel P. Connors, Markus R. Ettl, David D. Yao, Zhengliang Xue
  • Publication number: 20140279169
    Abstract: Consumer safety of repaired vehicles can be improved by providing systems and methods for generating vehicle repair estimate reports based on predictive estimating and transmitting these reports to clients. A master server serviced by a vehicle manufacturer generates a vehicle repair estimate report based on predictive estimating and transmits this report to a client via a web-based graphical user interface. Also, a master server serviced by a vehicle manufacturer generates a vehicle repair estimate report based on predictive estimating and transmits this report to a client via a vehicle repair claims management user interface. The vehicle repair estimate report based on predictive estimating may comprise repair packages and repair information relating to recommended replacement parts and quantities thereof, the part numbers for the suggested replacement parts, the price estimate for the suggested replacement parts, manufacturer-recommended repair instructions, and other relevant information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Rick L. Leos
  • Publication number: 20140279167
    Abstract: A method of operating a price estimation system includes obtaining service requests from consumers, and obtaining bids from service professionals based on the service requests obtained from the consumers. The method additionally includes generating a training set based on the bids and the service requests, and generating a model for generating price estimates based on the training set. The method also includes employing the model to generate the price estimates based on additional service requests provided by additional consumers. In some aspects, the method further includes communicating the price estimates to the additional consumers during performance of a process for obtaining the additional service requests from the additional consumers. In other aspects, the method further includes communicating the price estimates to additional service professionals during performance of a process for obtaining additional bids from the additional service professionals based on the additional service requests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Robert L. Miller, John S. Schulte, Mika Ilouz
  • Publication number: 20140279172
    Abstract: A conditional purchase offer (CPO) management system is disclosed for receiving CPOs from one or more customers, such as airline passengers, and for evaluating the received CPOs against a number of CPO rules defined by a plurality of sellers, such as airlines, to determine whether any seller is willing to accept a given CPO. A CPO is a binding offer containing one or more conditions submitted by a customer for purchase of an item, such as airline travel, at a customer-defined price. A CPO rule is a set of restrictions defined by a given seller, such as an airline, to define a combination of restrictions for which the seller is willing to accept a predefined price. The CPO rules may be securely stored by one or more servers. The CPO management system permits a seller to correct for forecasting errors, if necessary, or other competitive forces which have produced excess capacity, by providing inventory for sale to CPO customers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Incorporated
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Bruce Schneier, James A. Jorasch, T. Scott Case
  • Publication number: 20140279174
    Abstract: Building data exchange system including a web-enabled electronic marketplace that can accumulate structured building system efficiency data through software enabled energy and water audits. The system can include a building energy simulation engine, and database of energy/water efficiency measures. This data can be made anonymous and can populate a confidential electronic database accessible to vendors of energy efficiency products and services, resulting in a more efficient marketplace to the benefit of vendors and building owners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Skye Energy, LLC
    Inventor: John Bracey
  • Publication number: 20140279166
    Abstract: Method and system for brokering shipping contracts between solicitors and service providers is disclosed. The system comprises a central processing computer distributing requests for shipping service quote from solicitors to solicitors-predefined list of service providers and an interface used to input parameters of the required shipping service, input quote for such service, review all inputted quotes, select the desired quote, register shipping contract based on selected quote, and send and receive contract related communications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: 3S APPLICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Tomas Bilik, Jiri Mencl
  • Publication number: 20140279171
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to computer-implemented systems and methods for searching vehicle listings. An example method may include receiving, from a user of a user device, by a service provider computer comprising one or more processors, a selection of a vehicle identifier associated with a vehicle. The method may also include receiving, from the user device, by the service provider computer, a communication directed to a dealer associated with the vehicle. The method may further include generating an anonymous identifier associated with the user and transmitting, to a dealer device associated with the dealer, the communication and the anonymous identifier. The method may also include transmitting, to the dealer device upon determination of the acceptance of a proposed transaction between the dealer and the user, personal identifying information associated with the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael John Burgiss, Martin Krohne, Jim O'Brien, Brett Z. Pomerantz
  • Publication number: 20140279173
    Abstract: An online real estate rental offer system provides prospective tenants with transparent pricing and other information for a particular rental unit. The system allows prospective tenants to adjust their rent offers in response to offers made by other prospective tenants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ZUMPER, INC.
    Inventor: Anthemos P. Georgiades
  • Publication number: 20140279105
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for a sale or lease of a vehicle. The method is performed by a software application, and the software application's primary focus is facilitating the negotiation. The method includes various steps. One step is receiving confirmation that an in-person meeting between a merchant representative and a buyer has occurred. Another step is receiving inputs from the merchant representative who is initiating a transaction. These inputs being received are from a device used by the merchant representative, and the transaction is for the sale or the lease of the vehicle. Yet another step is receiving inputs for processing the transaction from both the merchant representative and the buyer. These inputs for processing the transaction facilitate a negotiation on sale or lease terms between the merchant representative and the buyer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ESQUARE AUTO INC.
    Inventors: Eric Winokur, Andy Schwaderer
  • Publication number: 20140279168
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for automated negotiation and discounts for consumers and merchants. In an embodiment, an automated system negotiates discounts with each individual consumer, on a one-on-one basis, on behalf of a merchant while continually finding the optimum equilibrium between live supply and demand data. This may be achieved via a discount system utilizing an algorithm that may seek an ideal balance between supply & demand, and may simulate the merchant's price flexibility or urgency to sell merchandise based on one or more campaign criteria and current market conditions. In another embodiment, the system may also automatically negotiate with merchants, on behalf of the consumers, based on live supply and demand data and the consumers' negotiation preferences. In this manner, the entire negotiations process may be automated using incomplete or complete information to benefit both consumers and merchants alike.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Malaczynski, Corey Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140279177
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing price quotes for 3D objects are described herein. In one embodiment, costs related to generating a 3D object molded from a 3D printer mold may be based on various parameters. The process for generating a price quote may include uploading an initial file to a server and converting that file into a 3D CAD file. The method may also include selecting units, materials, a finish, and/or a quantity of objects to be made. Based on the selections, the server may generate a price quote to produce the one or more objects, and a checkout option may be provided allowing the user to purchase the one or more objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FATHOM, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Stump
  • Publication number: 20140279170
    Abstract: In one instance, a system provides an electronic marketplace that matches designers, who can be geographically dispersed and who submit fashion designs into the system, with retailers and fashion companies, who are looking for designs to make finished garments and sale. The system can optionally include factories so that the designer, retailer can have the factories immediately fabricate the selected designs. Optionally, it may also include boutiques that are specialized version of the retailers looking for a particular product for a niche group or market. Other systems and methods are presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Girisha Siddappa
  • Publication number: 20140279176
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method to provide information characterizing real-estate market conditions within a geographic sub-region included within a larger geographic region is described herein. An indication of the geographic sub-region is received from a user. A memory device on which is stored information characterizing a set of parcels of real property that have been listed for sale is accessed. A parcel of real property located in the sub-region and for which a purchase offer has been made is identified from the stored information. If a purchase transaction for the parcel of real property has not closed, a range of a plurality of values characterizing the purchase offer is provided in at least one graphical user interface. If a purchase transaction for the parcel of real property has closed, a specific value of the plurality of values characterizing the purchase offer is provided in at least one graphical user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Andy Taylor, Alexander D. Aickin, Bryan J Selner, Glenn Kelman, Robert Law, Una Sabovic, Allen Xiao, Jane Nemenman, April Alexander, Andrew Bartkus, Llewellyn Botelho, Robert Gay, James Lamb, Gordon Brown, Noah Maas, Jadwiga Zyzanska, Lisa Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140279175
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system and method including to provide consumer products and services for sale. The system includes a computer readable database and a computer processor coupled to the computer readable database. The computer readable database is configured to store account data. The account data can be, for example customer needs, types of product preferences or service preferences of the customer, addresses, phone numbers, consumer product specifications, etc. The computer processor is coupled to the computer readable database. The computer processor is configured to receive an order from a customer, input the order into an item catalog, and market the order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: James C. Graf
  • Publication number: 20140279178
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiment relates to connecting real-world vendors with customers through a virtual game environment using a computer-implemented method, an apparatus comprising one or more processors and one or more memories operatively coupled to at least one of the one or more processors, and at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium storing computer-readable instructions. An exemplary method includes receiving information from a user regarding a desired product or service, presenting a virtual game environment based at least in part on the desired product or service, monitoring the user's activity in the virtual game environment, providing an offer to the user corresponding to the desired product or service, the offer being based at least in part on the user's activity in the virtual game environment, and providing information identifying a real-world vendor corresponding to the offer, thereby enabling interactions between the user and the real-world vendor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Charles L. Harman, Gerard Christopher Klug
  • Publication number: 20140258018
    Abstract: Selling intangible property rights may include receiving content from a seller and determining one or more potential purchasers for the content's intangible property rights. The potential purchasers may be determined according to the subject of the content, the audience for the content, and the intangible property rights being sold. An offer to sell the intangible property rights may then be transmitted to one or more potential purchasers, along with a portion of the content. Upon receiving the one or more purchaser's acceptance of the offer, a complete copy of the content may be transmitted to the purchaser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Ari Craine
  • Publication number: 20140258110
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a smartphone-based virtual wallet, that manages payment options available to a user. One claim recites a method employing a user's portable device, the device including a display and a sensor, the method including acts of: initiating a multi-party auction to solicit bids from a plurality of financial vendors to facilitate a financial transaction for the user, the plurality of remotely-located financial vendors being associated with the user via a virtual wallet hosted on the user's portable device; receiving bids from the plurality of financial vendors; presenting a user interface using the display, the user interface identifying at least two bids solicited from the multi-party auction; upon receiving an indication of a user-selected bid from the at least two bids, initiating a financial transaction using at least some of the details in the user selected bid and information obtained from the virtual wallet. A great variety of other features, arrangements and claims are also detailed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Tony F. Rodriguez, Brian T. MacIntosh, David A. Cushman
  • Publication number: 20140258017
    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: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
  • Publication number: 20140249952
    Abstract: Techniques are described for facilitating a supply of used items on behalf of an entity that desires to acquire such used items, such as a merchant that sells used items to customers. The used items are obtained based on interactions with recipients who receive items that are sold or otherwise provided by one or more merchants (or other suppliers of items), such as by supplying appropriate information and materials to the recipients along with the items. In some situations, when an item is delivered or otherwise supplied to a recipient by a merchant, the merchant also supplies information to the recipient that indicates an offer from a used item acquirer entity to re-acquire the item from the recipient (such as after the recipient has used the item) and shipping materials for use in returning the item to an indicated destination if the recipient accepts the offer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Paul G. Nordstrom
  • Publication number: 20140244404
    Abstract: A method of automated negotiation is provided. The method is implemented using at least one computer, and includes receiving, from a seller, an ask price for an item and a accept price for the item. The method also includes storing the ask price for the item and the accept price for the item in a memory element provided by the at least one computer. The method also includes providing the ask price for the item to a buyer and receiving, from the buyer, an offer price and a max price. The method also includes storing the offer price for the item and the max price for the item in the memory element. The method also includes calculating a final transaction price using the at least one computer and assessing a penalty to the buyer based at least on the offer price.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Paycollective Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Manson, Constantine Nicolaidis, Michael Carnevale
  • Patent number: 8818880
    Abstract: A source identification service is described that identifies sources for items of interest that are provided by a network-based service and may benefit from additional sources. The source identification service may identify sources for an item of interest in response to receipt a request. In one aspect, the source identification service may conduct a search of a network-based information resource using keywords pertaining to the item of interest to obtain a listing of sources capable of providing the item of interest. A source score may be generated for respective sources and compared to a selected value to identify potential sources for further consideration. The potential sources may also be filtered based upon selected criteria to refine the list of potential sources. An offer may be provided by the source identification service inviting the source to provide the item of interest on the network-based service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mayank Sachan, Manish R. Bansal, Lipi Sanghi
  • Publication number: 20140236754
    Abstract: Methods for the long-term leasing by a company of a plurality of properties, two or more of which are separately owned by identifying each property to be leased; and tendering to each property owner an offer to lease each property for a term of years with a lump sum payment as consideration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas Frattalone
  • Publication number: 20140229204
    Abstract: A method and apparatus receive a graphic of the property, determine a characteristic of the property from the received graphic, modify a modifiable hierarchical scripted questionnaire based on the characteristic of the property determined based upon the received graphic, display the questionnaire as modified, based on the characteristic of the property determined from the received graphic and display an estimate pertaining to the property based on the graphic and the responses to the questionnaire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Symbility Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Marc-Olivier Huynh, Kenneth C. Robinson, Jonathan E. Kost, Guillaume Leonard
  • Publication number: 20140229316
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed a vehicle inspection system for carrying out vehicle inspection and providing a quote for repair of a service recipient's vehicle, the quote being provided to a service recipient at a desired location. The vehicle inspection system includes a mobile device having a computer with a processor, a display screen, and a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium. The computer-readable storage medium includes computer-readable instructions for: displaying a graphical user interface, receiving a command to initiate vehicle inspection, determining at least one current part condition associated with at least one part of the vehicle, receiving condition data associated with the at least one current part condition, receiving vehicle identification data for the vehicle, electronically communicating the condition data and the vehicle identification data to a quoting server, receiving quote data from the quoting server, and displaying a price quote associated with the quote data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Brandon
  • Publication number: 20140222608
    Abstract: A home remodeling cost estimator tool is used to create a cost breakdown for use when remodeling a house or a room, based on user interaction with photos, for example from such sites as and other proprietary data sources. For any photo in a photo database for such design sites, a user can work with the estimator to generate a price estimate and a breakdown for a building project.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Alon COHEN, Ofir ZWEBNER
  • Publication number: 20140222609
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments of the present invention, a controller receives an indication of acceptance by a customer of an offer for a subsidy from a second vendor (e.g., a subsidizing vendor). The offer may define, for example, a reduction in the price charged for an item purchased from a first vendor and an obligation for the customer to fulfill in exchange for the subsidy. The customer is charged a second price for the items, which is less than the total price, and may even be zero.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephen C. Tulley, John M. Packes, JR., Deirdre O'Shea, Keith Bemer, James A. Jorasch, Dean P. Alderucci
  • Publication number: 20140222618
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate to systems, methods and computer readable media for bidding on service requests, that involves receiving a service request, wherein the service request comprises a user identifier, a location and a destination; generating a bid request corresponding to the service request; receiving a plurality of bids, wherein each bid comprises a service provider identifier for a corresponding service provider, a cost and a service time; transmitting the plurality of bids; and receiving a selected bid of the plurality of bids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Chris Stamp, Kirk Serjeanston, Cindy Hillaby
  • Patent number: 8798246
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method comprises setting a first seed price for a network service item offered by a plurality of service providers in a computing network, and advertising a first seed price range for the network service item based on the first seed price; allocating service requests for the network service item among the service providers within a first dynamic network service fulfillment cycle, the allocating based on respective proposed costs advertised by the service providers relative to the first seed price range and further based on network-based performance capacity of the service providers in fulfilling the allocated service requests; and calculating a second seed price for a second dynamic network service fulfillment cycle contiguously following the first dynamic network service fulfillment cycle, based on the first seed price and the allocating within the first dynamic network service fulfillment cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramkumar Viswanathan
  • Publication number: 20140214585
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for telepresence assisted item transport facilitation are described herein. Telepresence data about a physical space can be received where the physical space includes a plurality of transport items for a client. The telepresence data can be interacted with to permit evaluation of the plurality of transport items. A normalized evaluation of the plurality of transport items can be stored based on the interaction with the telepresence data. A set of transportation quotes can be generated for members of a set of transportation vendors for the plurality of transport items. The set of transportation quotes can be presented to the client.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Moveline Group, Inc
    Inventors: Frederick Cook, Kelly Eidson