Request For Offers Or Quotes Patents (Class 705/26.4)
  • Publication number: 20140207605
    Abstract: A system is described that provides a single dashboard that organizes and displays all invitations-to-bid that have been received by a user from all of their various bid opportunity sources. The system also provides analytics and report functionality to prioritize invitations-to-bid and identify optimal project opportunities. Based on user-defined criteria, the system can be enabled to automatically respond with an approval or a rejection of certain invitations. In some embodiments, the system provides automatic notifications of bid deadlines to ensure that bid submissions are received on time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: TEXTURA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick J. Allin, Mateen Khadir, Franco Turinelli
  • Publication number: 20140207604
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a method, system and program product relating to dynamic competitive pricing. An aspect includes a method for providing digital auctions that uses a network manager to establish processing communication to at least one vendor participants. The network manager receives information about a consumer's contemplated purchase through a consumer's digital device. The information includes conditions related to the contemplated purchase. The information and conditions about the contemplated purchase of the consumer is then communicated, via the network manager, to the vendor participants. The network manager communicates back to the consumer a most advantageous offer provided by the vendor participants relating to the contemplated purchase through a webpage provided by the network manager.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Edward T. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8788364
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring and executing an assignment exchange or auction with extensions to allocate items among bidders is disclosed. A server initializes the assignment auction or exchange and receives bid messages from one or more bidder devices, each bidder device associated with a bidder. Bidder devices may also communicate one or more constraints to the server to affect the allocation of items among bidders by the server. Additionally, the server includes bidder configuration data modifying the presentation of auction or exchange data to different bidders, allowing different bidders to receive different amounts of information regarding the auction or exchange. The bidder configuration data also allows the server to enable or restrict the types of bid messages different bidders may communicate to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Auctionomics, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Milgrom, Steve Goldband
  • Publication number: 20140201021
    Abstract: A system and method for managing selection of a prescription drug plan, based on generating a request for proposal (RFP), submitting the RFP to prescription benefit management (PBM) vendors, receiving bids from PBM vendors, and calculating weighted scores of the bids to determine total score for the plan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Kristin Begley, Leon Greene, Anthony J. Loiacono, Tom Staloch
  • Publication number: 20140201020
    Abstract: A method for estimating costs associated with relocating a plurality of items is provided. An interface is provided to a device. The interface receives user input data associated with relocating a plurality of items and displays a plurality of cost estimates that includes a total moving cost. The plurality of cost estimates are based at least in part on predefined item cost and user input data. At least one of the plurality of cost estimates is dynamically updated after at least a portion of the user input data is received. At least one of an estimate sheet and moving tariff form is provided. The estimate sheet is based at least in part on the plurality of cost estimates and received user input data. The moving tariff form provides a list of at least one charge and service associated with the plurality of cost estimates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Free Moving Price.Com, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Horowitz, Mitchell Fields
  • Publication number: 20140201022
    Abstract: A system that determines an estimate of damage to a surface area of a vehicle. The system may include a scanner that generates scanning data representative of a surface area of the vehicle. The system may also include a computing device that processes the scanning data to detect damage items and generates an estimate of damage using the processed scanning data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Andre Balzer
  • Patent number: 8781885
    Abstract: A methodology for standards registrars to meet requirements of governmental accrediting agencies includes a unique set of procedures and work instructions for certifying or registering an organization as conforming to one or more national or international standards. The procedures and work instructions assure adherence to the international guidance document government registrars, while providing easily used and maintained instructions for employees. The procedures and work instructions are amenable to translation into various foreign languages. In one embodiment, the methodology includes procedures and work instructions governing the quotation process and scheduling of audits, including selection of auditors, as well as audit package review and issuance of appropriate certificates of compliance are. The procedures and work instructions for all audits and certifications are preferably controlled (150) and directly auditable via a single location or office, such as the registrar's headquarters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Perry L. Johnson Registrars of Texas, L.P.
    Inventor: Perry L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8775268
    Abstract: Quotes entered into an automated trading system may comprise a visible, or primary, amount, and a linked or hidden amount. The visible amount only is shown to other traders on the system but part or all of the linked amount may be dealt if the order with the quote is match is for an amount greater than the visible amount. If, after matching and deal confirmation, all the visible amount has been dealt, but some or all of the linked amount remains, a fresh order for the remaining linked amount is generated and submitted to the trading system for matching. The new quoted may be visible only or may have a visible component up to a limit specified by the maker on submission of the original quote, with the remainder being linked. Maker quotes converted to taker quotes by an auto-match routine may be resubmitted for undealt linked amounts in the same way. In one aspect of the invention, linked amounts are matched and dealt before visible amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: EBS Group Limited
    Inventors: Edward Howorka, Tracy Riordan
  • Patent number: 8775272
    Abstract: A comprehensive platform for merchandising intellectual property (IP) and conducting IP transactions is disclosed. A standardized data collection method enables IP assets to be characterized, rated and valuated in a consistent manner. Project management, workflow and data security functionality enable consistent, efficient and secure interactions between the IP Marketplace participants throughout the IP transaction process. Business rules, workflows, valuation models and rating methods may be user defined or based upon marketplace, industry or technology standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Tracey R. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8775269
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: eWinWin, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory J. Mesaros
  • Publication number: 20140188653
    Abstract: A selection device (100) selects a second seller that is allowed to sell a product under a second sales condition after the product for sale by a first seller under a first sales condition becomes sold out. A setter (101) sets an offer deadline. An acceptor (102) accepts an offer of a sales condition of the product containing a number of the products to be sold, a sale price and an introductory text from one or a plurality of sales offerers until the set offer deadline. A selector (103) selects one of the offers based on the sales condition of the accepted offer when the set offer deadline comes, sets the sales offerer with the selected offer as the second seller, and sets the sales condition of the selected offer as the second sales condition. An obtainer (104) obtains a stock quantity of the sales product for sale by the first seller under the first sales condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventor: Hiroomi Yamamura
  • Publication number: 20140188652
    Abstract: Methods and systems for seamlessly integrating an end-to-end acquisition process using a flexible data structure are disclosed. A flexible data structure consistent with these methods and systems may connect the buyer's requirement to the vendor's proposed solution, facilitating a requirement-by-requirement evaluation process allowing buyers to evaluate content as well as price of a proposal. Embodiments of the present invention standardize the format of proposals, allowing buyers to more easily compare vendors' proposals side-by-side. Still other embodiments of the present invention produce an error checking report to further aid vendors in improving proposals and buyers in evaluating proposals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: NOBLIS, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Peter FROST, Eva L. GRIFFETH, John Gregory LEIGH, Robert Rudolph MENNA, Michelle Louise SNOW
  • Patent number: 8768817
    Abstract: With respect to one order information piece in security transaction, processing of reception, transaction condition confirmation, transaction settlement and result transmission is executed serially. A transaction system is configured so as to divide a transaction including a plurality of transaction requests into predetermined units and execute resultant processing units in parallel. When such division is conducted, the sequential property is ensured. For example, the progress situation of processing is stored in a database every processing and every step. Issues, terminals, markets and servers are included as predetermined units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuuzou Takeo, Shintaro Yamabe, Tadashi Kanazawa, Hideyuki Kato, Yasuo Aihara, Kiyoshi Yamada, Shigeru Tachikawa, Kazuhiko Ota
  • Publication number: 20140180863
    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: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Yellcast, Inc.
    Inventor: Venkatakrishnan Ganesan
  • Publication number: 20140172618
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved approach for implementing enterprise software systems that addresses the above-described problems with existing systems. The present approach provides an effective and efficient way for defining schemas for services, and to define how to map the schema to particular transactional contexts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Mark David LEWIS, Jianfeng TAI, David WANG, Ying WANG, Re LAI
  • Patent number: 8756112
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an effective, user-friendly approach to help a buyer of a car, truck, boat, or other vehicle to get a firm quote from a dealer on a vehicle that the buyer wants, and is financially qualified for, without the hassle and time expense involved in traditional vehicle sales. Embodiments of the present disclosure also help link dealers with buyers who are pre-qualified and motivated to purchase a vehicle, thus helping to eliminate the wasted time, money, and opportunity costs dealers often devote to customers who are not interested in purchasing, and/or who do not financially qualify to purchase, a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: 2knome LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Edelman
  • Publication number: 20140164166
    Abstract: A method for providing a cloud-based service includes receiving information from a customer of the service over a conversational interface, the information identifying a requirement of the customer related to a resiliency of the service, and identifying a service provider who provides the service in a manner that satisfies the requirement. A method for building a knowledge base of cloud-based service providers includes receiving information from a service provider, the information specifying at least one resiliency attribute of the service provider, matching the information to a standardized service descriptor, wherein the service descriptor is indexed within an ontology-based organizational framework that indexes a plurality of service descriptors, and storing the service descriptor for the service provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: RAHUL P. AKOLKAR, Thomas E. Chefalas, Jim A. Laredo, Chang-Shing Perng, Anca Sailer, Frank A. Schaffa, Alla Segal, Ignacio Silva-Lepe, Tao Tao
  • Publication number: 20140157579
    Abstract: 3D fabrication and rapid prototyping can quickly produce tightly toleranced arbitrary shapes in single units or small quantities. Yet its adoption has been limited in some promising market areas (for example, medical and dental prosthetics). Such products require diverse specialized process sequences that historically involve multiple vendors in long, close, service-intensive relationships. An online marketplace more evenly balances capacity utilization and negotiating strength within these complex supply chains while allowing preservation of existing relationships and service levels. Marketplace software embodiments enable any member of a supply chain to request a quotation for any stage(s) of a fabrication, invite bids, negotiate, award the project, and track its progress. Participants post, view, and collaboratively edit 3D point clouds generated by measurements or CAD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: 8 TREE, LLC
    Inventors: Arun Chhabra, Erik Klaas, Pia Charlotte Böttcher
  • Publication number: 20140164167
    Abstract: The COMMERCE FACILITATION APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS (“CF”) transform consumer service request input data via CF components into provider service confirmation messages and provider service monitoring triggers. In one implementation, a commerce facilitating system embodiment is disclosed, comprising: a processor; and a memory disposed in communication with the processor and storing processor-issuable instructions that cause the processor to generate a graphical user interface that is display via a display screen operatively connected to the processor, the user interface including a map visualization comprising: a graphical element depicting a location of a service provider; graphical elements depicting locations of a plurality of potential customers for the service provider; and a graphical element depicting a fitness for the service provider conducting commerce with one of the potential customers, compared to the other potential customers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy G. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20140156442
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products are disclosed that provide an online marketplace for services from vendors. The method includes providing to service vendors a request for a service that a customer creates on the system. Further, the method includes receiving bids from the service vendors in response to the request for the service. The method further includes receiving a selection of one of the bids from the customer. The method further includes providing a payment to a selected vendor corresponding to the selected one of the bids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: CHANGE THE WORLD CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth CUSHING, Jessica BALIK, Saad EL BELEIDY, Mihai RAUTA
  • Publication number: 20140156444
    Abstract: The invention is a method of allowing merchants and service providers to dynamically maintain their inventory and accept consumer offers on demand. Consumers have the ability to “name their price” for deals at local establishments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Andrey Yruski, Lidia Yruski
  • Publication number: 20140156443
    Abstract: An online marketplace system comprising a customer profile associated with at least one customer, a vendor profile associated with each of the plurality of vendors, a main dashboard associated with the customer profile, a vendor dashboard associated with the vendor profile and an application server configured for storing details of the customer profile, the vendor profile, the main dashboard and the vendor dashboard in the online market system. The online market system allows the at least one customer to control and coordinate the requirements to the plurality of vendors in a simple and efficient manner. Embodiments of the system and method are described, and may be used for coordinating requirements of at least one customer related to at least one service of interest to a plurality of vendors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Agent 20, Inc.
    Inventors: Joerg Wesche, Klaas J. Van der Reijden
  • Publication number: 20140156445
    Abstract: A system, methods, and apparatus for performing used automobile transactions are disclosed. In an example embodiment, automobile market data representative of current automobile market characteristics is stored. The automobile market data may include pricing and consumer interest information received from consumers, dealers, and manufacturers. A consumer seller or manufacturer off-lease seller may provide a request for a response regarding a specific used automobile with a specific a vehicle identification number. Automobile market data may be provided to a used automobile buyer based on the request. Bids to purchase the specific used automobile may be requested from used automobile buyers based on the request. Buyer bids may be provided to the consumer seller or manufacturer off-lease seller with prices and a delivery options. The consumer seller or manufacturer off-lease seller may select a bid to sell the specific used automobile based on the bid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Sidekick Technology LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Seergy, Benjamin N.S. Brown
  • Patent number: 8744925
    Abstract: A system, methods, and apparatus for performing automobile transactions are disclosed. In an example embodiment, automobile market data representative of current automobile market characteristics is stored. The automobile market data may include pricing, inventory, and consumer interest information received from dealers, manufacturers, and consumers. A consumer may provide a request for a response regarding a specific automobile using an image of a vehicle identification number or a graphical user interface. Automobile market data may be provided to a dealer based on the request. Bids to sell the specific automobile may be requested from dealers based on the request. Dealer bids may be provided to the consumer with prices and a delivery options. The consumer may select a bid which specifies a pickup location at a first dealer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Sidekick Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Seergy, Benjamin N. S. Brown
  • Patent number: 8744921
    Abstract: Described herein is technology for, among other things, exchanging value between a service buyer and a service provider. The technology involves establishing a virtual funds account associated with the service buyer. A request for services is received from the service buyer, which includes an amount that the service buyer is willing to pay for the services. An indication that the service provider will perform the services for the service buyer is received, and a hold is placed in the buyer's virtual funds account on an amount of virtual funds corresponding to the amount that the service buyer is willing to pay for the services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Sears Brands, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Rhett Butler
  • Publication number: 20140149191
    Abstract: Techniques for negotiating with a consumer within a retail establishment are provided. A retail Point-Of-Sale (POS) system becomes aware of a consumer looking for a product and having a price comparison for other retailers for that product; the consumer is in a store of the retailer. The retailer generates one or more customized offers to compete with the other retailers and dynamically delivers those customized offers to the consumer while the consumer remains in the store in an attempt to entice the consumer to buy the product at the store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Luis Aguayo
  • Patent number: 8738538
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Ari Craine
  • Patent number: 8738463
    Abstract: A methodology, system and business model are disclosed for facilitating a fully automated buyer's auction in which the major types of transaction costs are significantly reduced by providing the buyer and the sellers with near-perfect information about one another, including information about buyer preferences and competing sellers' offers. The system implements a buyer's auction with multidimensional bidding that minimizes market intelligence, search, bargaining and transaction execution costs and thus creates more competitive, frictionless markets. Buyers and sellers can efficiently conduct the buyer's auction within a unified environment, thereby minimizing buyer integration costs as well. The buyer's auction generates commercially marketable proprietary information and a revenue stream for the auctioneer providing such a service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Perfect Commerce, LLC
    Inventors: Marc Porat, Kevin J. Surace, Paul Milgrom
  • Patent number: 8737974
    Abstract: Items are sold via a wireless mobile telecommunications network in which multimedia presentations describing items offered for sale are broadcast for reception by wireless mobile devices. Users of the devices can transmit responses indicating requests to buy the items or bid for them in auctions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: DeWayne Allan Sennett, Brian Kevin Daly, Venson M. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8732035
    Abstract: The invention provides a method, system, and program product for providing a competitive sales environment in a virtual world. In one embodiment, the invention comprises receiving a request for product or service information from a consumer avatar, querying a database of vendors based on the request for product or service information, identifying at least one vendor relevant to the request for product or service information, notifying the at least one vendor of the request, and making available to the consumer avatar a sales environment based on the request for product or service information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter G. Finn, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Neil A. Katz, James W. Seaman
  • Publication number: 20140136358
    Abstract: According to an example, a method for supplier quantity selection may include receiving a plurality of supplier offers for one or more items to be procured by a manufacturer, and determining whether the supplier offers include price uncertainty and a most favored customer (MFC) clause. Based on the determination that the supplier offers include price uncertainty and the MFC clause, the method may include evaluating the supplier offers by analyzing the price uncertainty and the MFC clause using a stochastic multi-stage model. The method may further include determining, by a processor, an allocation of all or part of each of the supplier offers to minimize purchase price of the one or more items based on the evaluation of the supplier offers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kemal Guler, Alper Sen, Hande Yaman, Evren Korpeoglu, Ece Demirci
  • Patent number: 8723962
    Abstract: Mechanisms, in a portable computing device comprising a camera, for exchanging information between a user and a provider are provided. With these mechanisms, an image is captured using the camera of the portable computing device and an identifier of a physical object associated with the captured image is determined. The portable computing device transmits the identifier of the physical object, and user information describing a user of the portable computing device, to a separate computing device associated with a provider of the physical object. The portable computing device receives information associated with the physical object from the separate computing device associated with the provider of the physical object. A storage device of the portable computing device stores the physical object information in association with at least one of the captured image or the identifier of the physical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dean F. Herring, Brad M. Johnson, Adrian X. Rodriguez, Jeffrey J. Smith, David J. Steiner
  • Patent number: 8725586
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for categorizing transactions for a user comprising receiving a plurality of transactions, each transaction including a transaction party, a date associated with the transaction, and a transaction amount, providing a set of transaction categories, automatically associating one of the transaction categories with at least one of the received transactions from the set of transaction categories, providing a set of reliability codes comprising at least two reliability codes, selecting a reliability code from the set of reliability codes for at least one of the automatically selected transaction categories, and displaying at least one of the received transactions with its selected reliability code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas Levin
  • Publication number: 20140129366
    Abstract: A system for providing transparency in a real estate transaction is provided that allows buyers and sellers of real property to interact with each other legally, safely, and efficiently without requiring a traditional real estate agent. Sellers interact with the system to create listings, accept offers, make counter-offers, and hire experts as needed. Buyers interact with the system to find listings, make offers and counter-offers, and hire experts as needed. The system may have an integrated connection with platform partners that provide services such as seller authentication, advertising, or payment processing. Service providers may interact with the system to offer services relevant to a real estate transaction such as home inspection, repair, real estate legal counseling, lending, title search, or escrow services. Service providers may receive requests for quotes for service from buyers and sellers through the system, respond with bids, be awarded work, and paid though the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Charanjit MUDHAR
  • Publication number: 20140129367
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter relates to an architecture for interacting with a multiple criteria buying and/or selling system to conduct business electronically. In particular, the architecture can include a dynamic discount card that includes an information access component for receiving information. In addition, the dynamic discount card can include a presentation component for displaying information to a user via the dynamic discount card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: eWinWin, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory J. Mesaros
  • Publication number: 20140122286
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media are described for providing an item list to a computer user. An item list is provided in which a plurality of computer users each have a corresponding item list into which a computer user can add entries for various item offered by vendors. Upon receiving a user-initiated indication to add an item to the computer user's item list, an entry is added to the item list along with a user amount indicative of an amount the user is willing to pay for the item. After adding an entry to the item list, a minimum price is determined from each of a plurality of vendors offering the item. A vendor (from the plurality of vendors) is selected and an offer is generated for the user on behalf of the vendor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anand Sampathkumaran, Kalyan Sayyaparaju, Sangeetha Ananthasankar, Gayathri Chandrasekaran, Tanuja Bompada
  • Patent number: 8712924
    Abstract: Systems and methods for real-time pricing of shipping vendors are provided. Various shipping vendors may be queried concerning shipping specifications. Some embodiments provide for a query to be transmitted to a shipping vendor through an interface associated with the particular shipping vendor. In response to the query, real-time pricing information associated with the shipping specifications is received and displayed to a user. Upon the user designating a shipping vendor, customized shipping labels for each shipping vendor may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Lynch Marks LLC
    Inventors: Peter Marks, Duane P. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20140114792
    Abstract: The exchange-driven electronic market system disclosed herein allows increasing volume and efficiency of transactions between buyers and sellers in a marketplace. An implementation of the electronic market system includes a method comprising receiving a plurality of sale offers, each sale offer including required revenue values required volume values for a product, determining an offered market price based on the plurality of sale offers, displaying the offered market price to a plurality of buyers, receiving from the plurality of buyers a plurality of conditional offers for purchases (COPs), and completing a plurality of sales transactions, if the combination of one or more of the plurality of COPs meets the combination of one or more of the required revenue values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: NewTide Commerce, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret Matthew Smith, Everett Chase Graves, Scott Thomas Honig, Brandon Adam Evans
  • Patent number: 8706565
    Abstract: Communications between participants over a communications link are proxied by an intermediary, such as an Integrated Order Mechanism (IOM). Participants interact with each other through the IOM. The IOM may be transparent to the participants such that they are not aware that the IOM is involved in processing communications. For example, in the context of a transaction by a customer making a purchase from a merchant over the Internet, the IOM facilitates the processing of transactions by processing requests from both the customer and the merchant. Neither the customer nor the merchant may be aware that the transactions are being handled by the IOM. Order forms may be pre-filled for the transactions. For example, the IOM may obtain customer information from a database and use the customer information to complete the customer fields on a merchant web page containing an order form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Risible Enterprise LLC
    Inventors: Eugene J. Rollins, Sailendra Padala, Norbert Hendrikse
  • Publication number: 20140108184
    Abstract: A transaction-based social network for a life science vertical industry is provided. A method for implementing the network includes creating an opportunity from input received by a user. The input specifies criteria with respect to the opportunity, a target user community, and a target subject. The method also includes identifying members of a target user community in the network based on the criteria, receiving from the user, criteria associated with an automated award feature, and posting the opportunity over the network to the members of the target user community. The method also includes receiving a response from at least one target member of the target user community, applying the criteria associated with the automated award feature to the at least one target member; automatically awarding, without input by the user, the opportunity to the target member upon determining the information satisfies the criteria associated with the automated award feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: RIMEDIO, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo Herbette, Richie Bavasso, Robert W. Butler, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140108182
    Abstract: An aggregate processing plant for processing aggregate to a pre-determined specification within a particular gravel pit may include: a feed hopper, at least a first screen plant having a corresponding configuration and cooperating with the feed hopper, a first conveyor set cooperating with the first screen plant for conveying screened aggregate from the first screen plant, a first aggregate processing cooperating with the first conveyor set and downstream of the screen plant in a direction of flow of the screened aggregate on the first conveyor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: OKANAGAN QUALITY CONTROL LTD.
    Inventor: Adam Hoban
  • Publication number: 20140108185
    Abstract: In exemplary implementations of this invention, a knowledge processing system performs decentralized knowledge acquisition from human experts. The system may store the acquired knowledge in a knowledge database. The system may include an AI expert system to apply computer reasoning to data stored in the knowledge database. The system may provide humanly perceptible outputs to human experts to increase the likelihood that the human experts will pay attention to requests for information or to other communications, contribute knowledge objects in response to a query, provide “high quality” information, tag knowledge objects in the database, or review knowledge objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Dawei Shen, Marshall Van Alstyne, Andrew Lippman
  • Publication number: 20140108183
    Abstract: Technology is described for task exchange. The method can include obtaining a task definition for a task having task details to be performed for a customer. A task value can be set for the task based on the task details. The task can be offered for exchange via an electronic exchange interface. A further operation can be exchanging the task between a first party and a second party based on the task value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Moose Loop Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Moose Loop Holdings, LLC
  • Publication number: 20140108186
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided wherein an indication of a plurality of product categories is received, each product category being associated with a plurality of products. For example, the indication of the plurality of product categories may be received from a buyer. Buyer offer information, including an indication of an offer amount associated with the plurality of product categories, is also received. A subset of the plurality of products is selected for each of the product categories, and an indication of the selected products is provided. The buyer's offer may then be evaluated. If the buyer's offer is accepted, the selected products may be provided to the buyer in exchange for payment of the offer amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Inventor Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Magdalena M. Fincham, John M. Packes, Russell P. Sammon, Michiko Kobayashi-Edwards
  • Publication number: 20140108179
    Abstract: Shoppers at physical retailers are incentivized to purchase products from a physical retailer. The user provides a product identifier using a user device. The product identifier is used to identify the product being viewed by the user. Online retailers are queried to obtain online bids to sell the product. An incentive is identified for the user based on the product and the physical retailer. The incentive and an online retailer bid are provided to the user for the user to determine whether to purchase the product at the online retailer bid price or using the incentive. The incentive may be based on location information indicating user device movement. The incentive may require the user to perform an action, such as posting to a social network. A different incentive may be provided to the user if the user is leaving the physical retailer to promote purchase at the physical retailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Google Inc.
  • Patent number: 8700521
    Abstract: To disaggregate a single combined price of a bundled product, a computer receives a price data set comprised of component parts that correspond to the component parts of the bundled product. At least one component part differs in accordance with at least one parameter value of another component part. A price for a component part is calculated by obtaining metric data that includes one or more market reference prices responsive to the component part. Using the metric data, a market value is computed for each component part and the computed market values are summed to compute a market value total. A proportional value for at least one component part is generated by dividing the market value of the component part by the market value total. A price for the component part is calculated by multiplying the price data set's single combined price by the component part's proportional value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: BuyMetrics, Inc.
    Inventor: Valerie Hansen
  • Publication number: 20140100941
    Abstract: A vehicular part transaction system and method. A transaction coordinator can receive a part request from a purchaser via a computer network; send a respective bid invitation to sellers via the network; store associated sent-timestamps based on when bids are sent; receive a part offer from one of the sellers via the computer network; forward the offer to purchaser via the network; receive an acceptance from purchaser via the network; determine a transaction for part offer; charge the seller the transaction fee; and forward an acceptance notice, via the network, to the purchaser and seller. The transaction fee can be reduced for a fast response time. Optionally, a seller and/or a purchaser can be subscribed, which can independently provide a respective benefit thereto and/or can conditionally provide a respective benefit thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: NICHOLAS KEITH IRISH
  • Publication number: 20140100985
    Abstract: A system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program, and a computer-implemented method for connecting buyers and sellers by scanning social networks, are described herein. Consistent with some embodiments, the method may include scanning social network entries made by users on one or more social network. The method may further include identifying keywords from the social network entries that indicate a product available for sale and identifying keywords that indicate a potential purchase of the product. In some embodiments, the method may include determining the intent of a user to purchase a product. The method may further include determining a first user (e.g., a potential buyer) and a second user (e.g., a potential seller) are a match based on the two users referring to the same or similar products in one or more social network entries. In response to determining that the first user and the second user are a match, the two uses may be communicatively connected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lenahan, Ben Mitchell, Chahn Chung, Myra Sandoval, Tim Suglian
  • Patent number: 8694390
    Abstract: A system and method for the online settling of a transaction is provided. The system includes a server having a rules based engine including rules established on behalf of a party to the transaction, such as a creditor. The rules based engine is configured to process data and present a transaction settlement offer set comprising a plurality of selectable offers to the user based on at least one decision made by the rules based engine. The server is further configured to receive a lump sum payment proposal from the user and to use the rules based engine to process information comprising the lump sum payment proposal and present a second transaction settlement offer set to the user based at least in part on the lump sum payment proposal from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Apollo Enterprise Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: G. Christopher Imrey, William J. House, III
  • Publication number: 20140095338
    Abstract: An authored contract document can be created based on an existing RFx sourcing document such as a “terms and conditions” document. This RFx sourcing document can be the product of collaboration and editing by unrelated bidders, thus creating bidder-specific RFx documents. The authored contract document can be created using a rules-based multi-source configurator. This multi-source configurator can include in or exclude from the authored contract document clauses or edits that have been made to the RFx document. The multi-source configurator can replace text from the RFx document that is not typically found in or relevant to an authored contract document with contract-specific text that is not typically found in or relevant to an RFx document. The multi-source configurator can add, to the authored contract document, contract-specific text that is not contained within the RFx document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Demele, Jillian Hartnell, Rachel Kruzner, Therese Gorman