Request For Offers Or Quotes Patents (Class 705/26.4)
  • Publication number: 20140095339
    Abstract: An online service method is performed on an online service system including at least one server. The method includes the steps of receiving, with the online service system, bids from service providers in relation to a service to be performed for a customer; receiving, with the online service system, acceptance of one of the bids by the customer; and notifying a service provider server of the online service system to order one or more parts required for the service to be performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Strictly Service Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Darren Cooke
  • Publication number: 20140095340
    Abstract: An online offer system is directed toward methods and devices that allow a seller to enter information about the attributes of a non-fungible good based on parameter values provided on a database. In response, an automated purchaser issues a firm offer to purchase the good at a set price.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: BBY SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul J. Fletcher, Garry Heath
  • Publication number: 20140095336
    Abstract: The exemplary embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for providing vehicle valuation management services on a computer system. The computer system includes a tangible storage medium readable by the instruction processing system and storing instructions for execution by the instruction processing system. The method comprises receiving a request from a client for a value quote of a vehicle, and determining the curb weight of the vehicle. The method further comprises determining estimated freight costs to obtain the vehicle, and sending the value quote of the vehicle to the client.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Chris Raulerson, Mary Sargent, John Case Gulden, Tammy Elliott, Craig Roberts, Robert O. Ward, Mark Z. Cataldo, Robert H. Garner, Joseph S. Garner, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140095337
    Abstract: A social network is associated with an event. The event is joined by individuals who have visibility of others joined to the event via a third party network or via the social network. Demographic data is collected on the individuals joined to the event based on their social behaviour. Demographic patterns are extracted from the demographic data and individuals are targeted for ads based on the demographic patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Media Inc.
    Inventors: Normand PIGEON, Steven SHELTON, Che HODGINS
  • Patent number: 8684266
    Abstract: An online sales/automatic rebate and coupon redemption system provides online customers automatic retrieval and redemption of all applicable rebates and coupons during purchase. Purchase orders from customers are selectively fulfilled and products are shipped to the customers either by the system for online sales with automatic rebate and coupon redemption or by other merchant or manufacturer environments. The system purchases from merchants using applicable coupons and rebates and then sells the products to the customers, passing the savings to them. The system makes it possible to automatically retrieve coupons and rebates for items in a shopping cart during the activity of an online purchase at an electronic mall or an online merchant site. The system provides coupons to potential customers via email, based on customer profile, geographical information, etc. Manufacturers and merchants can update coupon value and content based on ongoing sales and volume of customer activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Enpulz, L.L.C.
    Inventors: James D. Bennett, Christopher C. Winslade
  • Publication number: 20140089064
    Abstract: Motor vehicles may need to exchange electrical energy. The vehicles may negotiate a quantity to be transferred, a price for the transferred energy, transfer parameters for the exchange, and/or the like. A bidding process may be used to set the price. The bidding process may also be used to identify a vehicle with which to exchange energy. A vehicle may perform a credit check on another vehicle, and payment information may be exchanged. The transfer may be monitored and may be controlled based on monitoring data collected. The transfer may be wired or wireless, and the vehicles may be stationary or in motion during the transfer. The vehicles may be, among others, pure electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, and/or fuel cell vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, JR., Victoria Y.H. Wood
  • Publication number: 20140081766
    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: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Jorge Arturo Maass
  • Publication number: 20140081795
    Abstract: A method for selling an item, the method including: (a) displaying to a user a web page that includes multiple vendor representations; each vendor representation being representative of a vendor that was previously selected by the user; (b) receiving from a user a vendor selection indicator; (c) receiving from the user a requested price for purchasing an item from the selected vendor during a predetermined period of time that is defined by the selected vendor; (d) determining whether to proceed in a selling process of the item to the user during the predetermined period of time in response to the requested price and to an availability of the item at the predetermined period of time for selling by the selected vendor; and (e) selectively proceeding in the selling process in response to the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Estee Badt
  • Publication number: 20140081794
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for order routing. One of the methods includes receiving a request for quote from a user, the request for quote indicating that the first user is to be anonymous during the negotiation. The method also includes selecting counterparties to receive the request for quote. The method also includes sending the request for quote to the selected counterparties absent revealing the identity of the user. The method also includes receiving prices from the counterparties, each price associated with a counterparty. The method also includes presenting the prices to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: James Cawley, Christopher Koppenheffer
  • Patent number: 8676902
    Abstract: A system to facilitate a service oriented email client application. The system includes a service registry, a service address book coupled to an email client, and an email composer coupled to the service address book. The service registry includes service information. The service information describes how to invoke a web service. The service address book includes a web service entry linked to the service information for the web service in the service registry. The email composer generates a user input form with a custom input field corresponding to the service information for the web service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Peter C. Bahrs, Roland Barcia, Gang Chen
  • Patent number: 8676664
    Abstract: A method and system are provided that enable buyers and sellers to communicate with each other and to negotiate the purchase terms of featured merchandise in a group-buying opportunity. Sellers and buyers may use various forms of on-line group-buying mechanisms in conjunction with the negotiation features of the invention. Buyers may send various inquiries to sellers regarding merchandise offered for sale through the online group-buying sale. Sellers may respond to buyer questions and queries, and in some instances, sellers may communicate instructions to the on-line group-buying mechanism to alter the course of an on-line group-buying sale in progress, e.g., a further reduction in price. The method and system further provides a mechanism for calculating a demand curve based on received buyer offers and applying the demand curve to an on-line group-buying sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures Holding 79 LLC
    Inventors: Tom Van Horn, Dale A. Woodford, Richard A. Halbert, Kevin Dean Wampler
  • Publication number: 20140074582
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention may reduce the amount of time a consumer spends coordinating a move. A system is provided which may guide the consumer through the process of planning the move, including developing an inventory of items to be transported. Based on the consumer's plan, quotes for the move may be provided from multiple movers, and each quote may be an exact price that a mover will charge, rather than merely an estimate. To enable movers to provide exact quotes, some embodiments of the invention implement a standard pricing methodology. The system may allow movers to define pricing information in accordance with the methodology, and this information may be used to calculate a quote for a move when a consumer requests one.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Unpakt, LLC
    Inventors: Sharone Ben-Harosh, Daniel Cooke, Amish Gandhi, John Negron, Israel Carmel
  • Publication number: 20140074646
    Abstract: Offers previously accepted and offers previously made by one or more opposing parties in negotiations inform an assessment of the likelihood that a candidate offer will be accepted by an opponent in a negotiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Mehmet Kivanc Ozonat, Sharad Singhal
  • Publication number: 20140074645
    Abstract: Methods, computer readable media, and apparatuses for performing bid assessments and outputting bid assessment scores are presented. A bid assessment analytics system may retrieve a set of predetermined bid assessment questions relating to a bidding opportunity and present the bid assessment questions via a user interface. Answers to the bid assessment questions may be received and scores may be determined for one or more bid assessment factors. Bid assessment weights associated with specific organizations, users, and/or industries may be calculated and stored based on data input for previous bidding opportunities and the outcomes of the previous bidding opportunities. The applicable bid assessment weights may be retrieved and used to calculate the bid assessment factor scores and/or overall bid assessment scores for bidding opportunities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Doug Ingram
  • Publication number: 20140067586
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer program products for requesting and receiving price opinions for an asset such as a piece of real estate are provided. In response to a request for a price opinion for an asset, some or all of the data fields for a price opinion may be automatically populated. Optionally, a vendor may be provided with a work order including a partially populated price opinion, which the vendor may then fill in the remainder of the data fields thereof. Regardless, the completed price opinion may be delivered to the requestor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Brad Geisen
  • Publication number: 20140067585
    Abstract: Methods and systems for improving a cost determination for a job for a supplier are disclosed. A computing device may receive one or more job parameters for the job and one or more shop characteristics for a shop operated by the supplier. The computing device may determine a cost to perform the job in the shop based on the one or more job parameters and the one or more shop characteristics. The determined cost may be transmitted to the supplier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Amarnath Purohit, Sudhendu Rai
  • Patent number: 8666842
    Abstract: A transaction-based social network for a life science vertical industry is provided. A method for implementing the network includes qualifying a user to join the transaction-based social network based on a minimum set of qualifications. The method also includes creating, from input received by the user, an opportunity with respect to an offer, identifying members of a target user community in the network based on the input from the user, and posting the opportunity over the social network to the members of the target user community. The method further includes receiving at least one response from the target user community that is indicative of a bid to accept the opportunity. The method also includes providing a view of the bid for the user and, once accepted, executing a transaction based on a pre-negotiated fee. The executing includes validating regulatory compliance of content associated with the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Rimedio, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo Herbette, Richie Bavasso
  • Publication number: 20140058879
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for implementing an online marketplace for translation services is disclosed. A plurality of requirements is received from a client and are sent to one or more service providers. Further, service quotations from the one or more service providers are received. Based on the plurality of requirements and the service quotations, an estimate of quality of service is generated. Lastly, the service quotations and the estimate of quality of service are sent to the client.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Nicola Cancedda
  • Publication number: 20140052560
    Abstract: A reverse auction platform for selecting a transaction service is provided. The platform may include a database configured to store a request for a transaction service and to store fee bids corresponding to the transaction service. The platform may also include a memory configured to store execution instructions as well as a processor coupled with the database and the memory. The processor may be configured to execute the instructions. The instructions may be configured to cause the processor to receive a request for a transaction service; to present the request; and to select a transaction service based on a fee bid corresponding to the transaction service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Bank of America
    Inventors: Joseph A. Giordano, Herbert M. Fellman
  • Publication number: 20140052561
    Abstract: A system and method for efficiently responding to electronic requests for quote (“RFQ”). Through use, a user, such as a merchant, can automatically create and deliver an electronic RFQ response, without need for any interaction by the merchant. The merchant may establish certain criteria in order to allow the system and method to automatically respond to electronic RFQ's received by the merchant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Cheryl W. Scott, Gunter Leeb, David J. Reese
  • Patent number: 8655737
    Abstract: A product catalog includes information regarding products for sale online by various merchants. An analysis software module can identify brand names in the product catalog that relate to the same brand. The analysis module can compute parameters of pairs of product offers having matching product identifiers. The analysis module can group the product offer pairs into brand pair groups based on the brand names for the products subject to the product offers. The analysis module can compute parameters of each brand pair group based on product offer pairs in the brand pair group and attributes of product offers in the product catalog. The analysis module can use the computed parameters to determine whether the brand names of each brand pair are related. The analysis module can use the identified related brand names and additional attributes of product offers to identify product offers related to the same product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Roy Tromble
  • Publication number: 20140046792
    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 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Venkat Ganesan
  • Patent number: 8650068
    Abstract: A method of determining services pricing, the method comprising: a server receiving vehicle identification information from a user via a network connection, wherein the vehicle identification information indicates a vehicle type; the server receiving service type information from the user via the network connection, wherein the service type information indicates a service type; the server determining an estimate range based on the vehicle identification information and the service type information, wherein the estimate range comprises a minimum value and maximum value for the indicated vehicle type and service type, and wherein determining the estimate range comprises determining a labor estimate and a parts estimate; and the server providing the estimate range to the user via the network connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: RepairPal, Inc.
    Inventors: David Esser, Aaron Tavistock, Matthew Ellinwood, David Sturtz
  • Patent number: 8650093
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sidekick Technology LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Seergy, Benjamin N. S. Brown
  • Publication number: 20140040063
    Abstract: A system and method for providing moving insurance according to an automatically generated quote.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Boaz RAVIV, Itzhak RAVIV, Lee Baror
  • Patent number: 8639392
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems for distributing a resource (such as electricity) using a resource allocation system. In one exemplary embodiment, a plurality of requests for electricity are received from a plurality of end-use consumers. The requests indicate a requested quantity of electricity and a consumer-requested index value indicative of a maximum price a respective end-use consumer will pay for the requested quantity of electricity. A plurality of offers for supplying electricity are received from a plurality of resource suppliers. The offers indicate an offered quantity of electricity and a supplier-requested index value indicative of a minimum price for which a respective supplier will produce the offered quantity of electricity. A dispatched index value is computed at which electricity is to be supplied based at least in part on the consumer-requested index values and the supplier-requested index values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventor: David P. Chassin
  • Publication number: 20140025527
    Abstract: A potential transaction between a first party and a second party involves multiple issues. A current offer made by the second party is received. A set of candidate counteroffers that satisfy a target utility value for the first party is identified. A counteroffer is selected from among the set of candidate counteroffers and presented to the second party.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Haeyoung Noh, Mehmet Kivanc Ozonat, Sharad Singhal
  • Patent number: 8635139
    Abstract: A computer-readable storage medium contains instructions that cause one or more computing devices to receive a product specification data set identifying one or more items, and price data sets that include one or more items and corresponding price data. For each price data set, metric data is obtained which includes one or more market reference prices for the items in the price data set. A market value of the items is calculated for comparison to the price data in the price data set. The instructions may also cause the one or more computing devices to compare the price data in the price data set to the calculated market value to generate a comparison value. In another embodiment, metric data is obtained for each item in a product specification data set, and a market value of each item is calculated for comparison to the price data in the price data sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: BuyMetrics, Inc.
    Inventor: Valerie Hansen
  • Publication number: 20140019288
    Abstract: A supply chain management system/method that incorporates a Customer Order Entry/Status Console (COESC), part/product quoting, vendor order fulfillment, manufacturer claims processing, transportation tracking, and integrated product advertising is disclosed. The disclosed system/method uses a COESC that permits decentralized deployment of customer orders to a plethora of potential vendors for potential fulfillment. Participating vendors may provide feedback pertaining to product pricing, availability, manufacturer incentives, and delivery timing to the COESC. Vendor product shipments to the customer may be tracked on the COESC utilizing a transportation tracking subsystem incorporating vendor delivery optimizations and mobile tracking of parts/products deliveries. A context-sensitive advertising subsystem integrating manufacturer claims processing may be implemented to permit promotion of vendor/manufacturer products and/or services to customers via the COESC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Overall Parts Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Nick Bossinakis
  • Publication number: 20140019289
    Abstract: A system may comprise: a web server for posting matters of clients for bidding by contingency professionals; a client matter engine for enabling a particular client to post a particular group of related matters and to select a particular contingency professional bidding on the particular group of matters to handle the particular group of matters; a professional bidding engine for enabling the particular contingency professional to review at least a portion of the posted matters and to bid on the particular group of matters; and a bidding exchange engine for enabling the particular client and the particular contingency professional to communicate without exchanging direct contact information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Michele Colucci
  • Publication number: 20140019257
    Abstract: A method of communications network shopping by buyers of products and services for purchasing such from sellers in which buyers request an automatic reverse auctioneer or auction controller to initiate a reverse auction in real time amongst willing sellers and to it their automatic real-time iterative bidding price quotations for such products and services to be returned automatically over the network back to the controller under the iterative processing guidance of the controller to assure a best bid price quotation for the buyer; and automatically effecting buyer notification or purchase at such best price, all while the buyer may remain online, and without any manual intervention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Peak Silver Advisors, LLC
    Inventors: Mukesh Chatter, Rohit Goyal, Priti Chatter
  • Publication number: 20140012698
    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: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Magdalena Mik, John M. Packes, Jr., Russell Pratt Sammon, Michiko Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20140012697
    Abstract: A system and method for intention aggregation for conditional reverse auction purchasing to achieve economies of scale. Non-binding purchase intentions are aggregated from a number of potential buyers by a computer system to generate a purchase statement. The purchase statement is used to solicit participation in and conduct a reverse auction among a number of potential suppliers. A supply offer from the winning bid is then used to make purchase conversion offers to the potential buyers. The supply offer includes a minimum purchase requirement to provide the necessary economy of scale for the supplier. Potential buyers place conditional purchase orders that are conditioned on achieving the minimum purchase requirement to activate the supply offer. Once the supply offer is activated, the conditional purchase orders are converted into binding purchase orders and secure transactions to address payment and delivery can proceed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Marcello Rachlyn, Matheus R.F. Silva
  • Patent number: 8620773
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products provide e-commerce capabilities that enable integration of manufacturers, dealers and customers. An application may be utilized by a dealer to integrate manufacturer and customer information, including cost information, into a coordinated application. The e-commerce application may also be utilized to quickly and efficiently construct customer-specific web-based homepages that custom-tailor the display of information to a customer's needs or perceived needs. Further, the invention provides for the integration of information amongst multiple manufacturers, dealers and customers. The e-commerce application may also be utilized to provide numerous other features and aspects, as set out more fully herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Media Resources Corporation
    Inventor: Ralph G. O'Neil
  • Publication number: 20130339176
    Abstract: A computerized urgent goods and services fulfillment system matches a seeker with a provider of an urgent service or goods (URGS). The fulfillment system includes a server and a database for storing provider profiles. The server proffers one or more providers of URGS requested by a seeker. The server may proffer additional service or goods associated with the requested URGS. The server confirms the seeker's selection of a provider. The server tracks at least one of proximal data and temporal data associated with the seeker and/or the selected provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Keith T. White, John L. Wray, Madeline A. Lombaerde
  • Publication number: 20130339174
    Abstract: A program for encouraging homebuyers and current homeowners to purchase more efficient HVAC equipment at the time they purchase a home or refinance a home loan is described. Realtors, bankers, lenders, mortgage brokers, and like individuals involved in the purchase or refinancing of a home present an opportunity to purchase energy efficient HVAC equipment to a client at a time when the purchase price of the equipment can be included in the mortgage or refinance loan. The realtors, bankers, lenders, mortgage brokers, and other individuals presenting the opportunity to the client act as marketers or salespeople for the program and the new equipment. These new salespeople work with a facilitator who coordinates the efforts of everyone involved in the transaction. The program provides the client with lower total homeownership costs through utility and maintenance savings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Xtentia, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald P. Wyckoff
  • Publication number: 20130339175
    Abstract: In one example, a user interface may be configured to receive input from a hosting device, a transmitter may be configured to solicit competing bids to subscribing devices for a requested service based on the input from the hosting device, a queue may be configured to store bids from third-parties in response to the transmitted request for bids for the requested service, and a receiver may be configured to receive a manifestation of the requested service from one of the third-parties whose received bid was accepted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Dominic Dan Suciu, Patrick John Ennis, Alexander Knight, Vlad Grigore Dabija, Timothy Martin Londergan, David Walter Ash, Raghuram Madabushi
  • Publication number: 20130339177
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking and billing expenses throughout a transaction, such as the sale or management of a real estate property. In one embodiment, a budget is created that details expected incomes on the property and costs associated with the sale or management of the property. The budget may be developed in accordance with specifications, such as line item maxima or total budget maxima, developed by the owner of the property. After a vendor has delivered goods or services described in the budget, the vendor creates an electronic invoice. Payment is delivered to the vendor through an Automated Clearing House system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: William C. Erbey, Russell G. Bulman, Robert J. Leist, Mary K. Edgecomb, Donald Vetal, Armand Bonola, Stephanie M. Hudson, Jeffrey M. Neufeld, Debra Toussaint-Blackman, Rosemary Weaver, Sandy Blum, Federico Bucspun
  • Publication number: 20130332302
    Abstract: A computer-based method and system for management of sourcing of strategic resources for commercial entities is described. Internet/intranet-based portals are accessible by an administrator and one or more respondents representing prospective vendors to enable an administrator to create requests for information, proposals and/or quotations (RFx), and for respondents to submit responses to an RFx by answering questions presented in the RFx. The system also generates reports based on criteria established by the administrator and/or the commercial entity for which the RFx has been issued, using data compiled and/or generated from the answers provided by the respondents to the RFx.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: John R. Stapleton, Gail S. Highsmith, Carl N. Friedholm
  • Publication number: 20130332303
    Abstract: A method, system, and network for interfacing the work-flow monitoring and reporting of a host computer, a local network of information technology devices, a community of network users, and third party vendors is provided. This includes processes and systems for initiating an inventory, including software, of a plurality of information technology devices associated with a local network of information technology devices from a host computer and determining the operational status of the information technology devices associated with the local network. The operational status of the information technology devices associated with the local network is monitored and presented to a host computer. Needs relating to the local network are identified and determined and a purchasing platform for purchasing product solutions from third party vendors is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Spiceworks, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric David Schank, Francis Sullivan, Scott Richard Abel, Brian S. Gugliemetti, Tabrez Syed
  • Publication number: 20130332301
    Abstract: Techniques are provided which allow users to view historical price information for a product, and which allow users to specify a desired purchase price. Historical price information may be collected and displayed to the user in a graphical format. The user may specify a desired purchase price that the user is willing to pay for the product. The user provided price may be presented to a seller of the product. The user may be targeted with an offer to purchase the product at the user provided price or may be targeted with advertisements or recommendations for a similar product. Some techniques include targeting a group of users including the user with the offer if the group of users includes at least a predetermined number of users, where each user in the group provided the user provided price.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Kilroy, Allie K. Watfa, Dale Nussel, Mangesh Pardeshi
  • Patent number: 8606647
    Abstract: Methods for purchasing of goods or services over the internet. A customer has a customer account set up at a bank with associated account information. The account information includes verification information for verification parameters, such as authorized computer identification, authorized delivery addresses, authorized user identification, authorized telephone caller identification, and/or other account information. An order is placed by a user via an ordering computer which provides order information. Such order information includes verification variables used by the bank. Verification and/or authentication using one or more variables of the customer account information is used by the bank to validate the order before assuring payment to the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Ecardless Bancorp. Ltd.
    Inventors: Randy D. Sines, Randy A. Gregory
  • Patent number: 8600824
    Abstract: Exemplary product marketing systems and methods are disclosed. An exemplary method includes a product marketing system receiving, from an access device, a product search request and image data representative of an image associated with a product, searching, in response to the product search request, a repository of product image data to identify at least one match to the image associated with the product, generating, based on the at least one match, search results data comprising product information for at least one product, and transmitting the search results data to the access device. Corresponding systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Gururaj Sunkada
  • Patent number: 8600831
    Abstract: A system includes a database that stores an expert knowledgebase, and one or more servers configured to implement an expert system. The one or more servers receive sensor data associated with sensors from automobile maintenance systems associated with respective ones of multiple automobiles, and analyze the sensor data, using the expert system and the expert knowledgebase, to diagnose whether the multiple automobiles require maintenance and/or repair. The one or more servers send, via a network, results of the analysis of the sensor data to service stations for scheduling maintenance and/or repair of the multiple automobiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Xiao, Afshin Moshrefi, Rahul Khushoo, Dongchen Wang
  • Publication number: 20130317934
    Abstract: An ecommerce application for soliciting invitations to offer whereby a buyer or lessee, creates an account with a website based Controller, and a seller or lessor enlists in a subscription service with the Controller. The Controller creates an algorithm driven email distribution process comprising a plurality of emails sent to appropriate subscribers including vendors that contain an invitation to make an offer based on the information in a buyer's query. Subscribers then submit invitations for offers directly to the buyer or to the Controller for viewing by the buyer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher L. Brien
  • Publication number: 20130317935
    Abstract: A reverse auction system of the present disclosure is provided and includes an account module, a server center, a searching module, a publishing module, and a bidding module. The account module registers or charges a desired article request from a buyer side. The server center converts the desired article request into publishing data and searching data. The searching module connects to at least one auction website for collaborating therewith to perform comparison in accordance with the searching data, and then returns a feedback signal of a comparison result. Furthermore, the publishing module publishes the publishing data, and then the bidding module offers a platform to the suppliers or bidders to bid for the buyer's desired article described in the publishing data. The work of the publishing module and the bidding module is in parallel with the work of the searching module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Microip Inc.
    Inventors: Chia-Fen HUANG, Yu-Ju YEH
  • Publication number: 20130311319
    Abstract: Embodiments of sales generation, including sales generation employing reverse lead generation using vehicle data systems and methods, are presented herein. In particular, in certain embodiments a user may utilize the vehicle data system to obtain pricing data corresponding to a desired vehicle configuration. When the user is presented with the pricing data associated with the specified vehicle configuration the user may additionally be presented with an upfront price offered by a dealer, where by providing their personal information the user may obtain the name of the dealer offering the upfront price and may additionally be offered the opportunity to purchase the desired, or similar, vehicle at the upfront price.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: TrueCar, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Inghelbrecht, Scott Painter
  • Publication number: 20130311320
    Abstract: A method of communications network shopping by buyers of products and services for purchasing such from sellers in which buyers request an automatic reverse auctioneer or auction controller to initiate a reverse auction in real time amongst willing sellers and to it their automatic real-time iterative bidding price quotations for such products and services to be returned automatically over the network back to the controller under the iterative processing guidance of the controller to assure a best bid price quotation for the buyer; and automatically effecting buyer notification or purchase at such best price, all while the buyer may remain online, and without any manual intervention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Peak Silver Advisors, LLC
    Inventors: Mukesh Chatter, Rohit Goyal, Priti Chatter
  • Patent number: 8589250
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein provide a solution in determining a lead value and making an introduction accordingly. In some embodiments, in response to a consumer's search request for a retail item within a geographical area, a decision system may obtain from a local database a list of dealers capable of provisioning the retail item—such as a new or used vehicle—at various locations within the geographical area. For each dealer, the system may calculate a dealer score across a plurality of tests and set a dollar value to an introduction utilizing the dealer score associated therewith. The performance measures of the tests may be normalized and adjusted utilizing a set of coefficients. The list of dealers may be sorted per dollar value of introduction and presented to the consumer. To provide more accurate dealer evaluations, the system may periodically reset the set of coefficients using sales data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Truecar, Inc.
    Inventors: Oded Noy, Jason McBride, William Lepler, Scott Painter
  • Publication number: 20130304603
    Abstract: A system for generating a price quote to demanufacture a lot of electronic equipment is disclosed. Representative equipment groups are defined which include default values, based upon knowledge and experience, and study values, based upon dismantle studies. When a quote is requested to demanufacture a given lot of equipment, the equipment in the lot is categorized into representative equipment groups. As profit or loss is calculated for each equipment group, if study values are available, the study values are used; otherwise default values are used. Pricing contingency and profit may further be calculated to generate the price quote.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Robert A. Keene