Request For Offers Or Quotes Patents (Class 705/26.4)
  • Publication number: 20130304602
    Abstract: A method of marketing automobiles (other high priced products) to a plurality of parties (individuals) includes using a micro-chip-based computing device (computer), for example, at least one computer and at least one internet website associated with the at least one computer, to obtain information from a plurality of parties regarding the identity of one or more automobiles each party wants and is willing to purchase; and processing the information to identify a particular automobile which is willing to be purchased by at least a minimum number of the parties from whom the information is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Frank J. Uxa, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130297443
    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: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Jorge Arturo Maass
  • Publication number: 20130297441
    Abstract: A commerce router is disclosed. The commerce router includes a plurality of commercial transaction databases and an application server module. Each of the databases can contain commercial transaction information related to one of a number of offering types (e.g., categories of products, services and/or the like). An application server module is communicatively coupled to the each one of the databases. The application server module can be configured to receive a request by virtue of being configured to communicate information regarding the request to the database for inclusion in the commercial transaction information and allow review of the request by virtue of being configured to communicate information regarding the request from the database by accessing the commercial transaction information. application server module can be configured to receive a response and allow review of the response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Versata Development Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Versata Development Group, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130297424
    Abstract: In one example embodiment of a method for automating business negotiations, a vendor offers a product for sale at an original price. Subsequently, an automated haggling system receives a counteroffer to buy the product from a mobile device controlled by a shopper. The counteroffer proposes a second price for the product. In response to the counteroffer, the automated haggling system automatically determines whether the second price is acceptable. This determination may be based on data from a negotiation database with data identifying acceptable reduced prices. If the counteroffer proposes an acceptable price, the automated haggling system sends a message to the mobile device of the shopper to signify acceptance the counteroffer. In response to a determination that the shopper is purchasing the product at a point-of-sale (POS) station, the POS station automatically charges the shopper the negotiated price tier the product. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventors: Jim S. Baca, Selim Aissi, Mark H. Price, David Stanasolovich, Burges M. Karkaria
  • Publication number: 20130297444
    Abstract: Selling intangible property rights may include receiving content from a seller and determining one or more potential purchasers for the content's intangible property rights. The potential purchasers may be determined according to the subject of the content, the audience for the content, and the intangible property rights being sold. An offer to sell the intangible property rights may then be transmitted to one or more potential purchasers, along with a portion of the content. Upon receiving the one or more purchaser's acceptance of the offer, a complete copy of the content may be transmitted to the purchaser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Ari Craine
  • Publication number: 20130297439
    Abstract: Provided are computer-based systems, software, and computer-implemented methods for providing a marketplace for e-procurement that leverages asymmetric market forces to the benefit of an advantaged market participant. Such a marketplace additionally, creates a synergistic effect by offering a wide range of procurement methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: First Lumen, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Marie Chanoine
  • Publication number: 20130297442
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software for improving communications between real estate professionals and clients or potential clients are provided. The systems and methods are designed to provide improved lead routing and tracking mechanisms, as well as means to provide analysis. The system and method includes a virtual agent communication platform that associates a virtual telephone number to a real estate lead, and manages communication between a real estate agent and the real estate lead. The system and method can further be designed to adjust lead routing decisions and optionally enable tracking of analytics about lead follow up and lead management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Realovation Holdings, LLC d/b/a/ Virtual Agent Connect
    Inventors: Matthew J. Simons, Matthew Kent Barrus, William Lee Cooper
  • Patent number: 8577748
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method that enables individuals, partnerships, companies and any other entity to ease the ownership and administration of ticket lots and other properties by alleviating the difficulties mentioned above. The system achieves this by providing a utility to build ticket or time-share member groups by matching compatible users and to allocate to the group's members shares of ticket lots or access to properties by time-share or rental. The system establishes user compatibility and ticket and property allocation based on requirements, preferences and attributes of the group, the ticket or property, and the system users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Draftix, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Michael Tobin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8577747
    Abstract: Methods and systems for use in acquiring parts from suppliers using auction information including a requested part and decision criteria from an ordering manager agent and from supplier agents associated with part suppliers. A criteria comparison matrix representing a relative importance of each decision criterion is created. A criteria importance vector is created based on the criteria comparison matrix, and a supplier comparison matrix corresponding to each decision criterion is also created. The supplier comparison matrix represents a relative ranking of each supplier with respect to the corresponding decision criterion. A supplier criteria ranking vector corresponding to each decision criterion is created based on the supplier comparison matrix that corresponds to the decision criterion. The supplier criteria ranking vectors and the criteria importance vector are combined to create a supplier score matrix associated with the ordering manager agent and indicating a score associated with each supplier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William E. Krechel, Kenneth G. Owens, Alexandra Brintrup, Tomas Sanchez-Lopez, Duncan McFarlane, Mark G. Harrison
  • Patent number: 8577401
    Abstract: The subject matter of this document can be embodied in, among other things, a computer-method that includes receiving a text message associated with a first telephone number, and establishing a communication session associated with the received text message. The communication session is established by modifying the received text message so that the received text message is associated with a second telephone number that is different from the first telephone number, and subsequent text messages associated with the second telephone number are included as part of the communication session. The method also includes transmitting the text message to a text messaging system, such that the text message appears to have originated from the second telephone number. Upon receiving a text message reply from a user in response to the transmitted text message, the text message reply is associated with the established communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Douwe Osinga
  • Publication number: 20130290127
    Abstract: Methods and systems for selling and purchasing items in an online environment, including a set price purchase process and a negotiated price/value purchase process. The system presents to a potential buyer one or more specific product(s) which is/are available for immediate purchase at a pre-set price; provides the potential buyer with the option to request sellers to offer product(s) at a lower price (which may be set forth by the potential buyer), and/or offer the product(s) with different options, and/or to offer similar product(s); and provides sellers with the opportunity to offer the product and/or options to the potential buyer at the requested price/with the requested option, and/or to make offers to the potential buyer to provide the product(s) at different price(s) and/or with different options and/or to provide a different but similar product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: James Finseth
  • Publication number: 20130290135
    Abstract: A system and method prepares and distributes structured Requests for Proposal (“RFPs”) to qualified vendors and collects proposals responsive to such RFPs, The system includes a tool, for creating Statements of Work (SOW) that are consistent with the RFP and with other SOWs. The vendors submit bids responding to the SOW in the RFP. The bids are organized into an easily reviewed summary having line by line comparisons of the various bids and detailed proposals, along with vendor compliance documents, compiled into a finished report.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Allen Borza
  • Publication number: 20130290128
    Abstract: The application discloses systems and methods for evaluating bids submitted by providers in response to a reverse auction process initiated by a buyer. The disclosed system determines an attribute utility score of the bid and total performance scores of providers based on the past performance records of the providers. The total performance scores of providers are determined by computing a positive deviation score, a negative deviation score, a performance among peers score, and a bid performance score of the provider. The system further sums the determined attribute utility score and the total performance score to obtain a rank of the submitted bid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Chithralekha Balamurugan, William K. Stumbo, Yu-An Sun
  • Publication number: 20130290129
    Abstract: A part location system is described that utilizes computer-based techniques for bringing together repair facilities and suppliers to increase the efficiency of locating recycled, used or aftermarket parts using a computer network, such as the Internet. The part location system receives an estimate from a first user over a communication network. The part location system then parses the estimate to extract information that identifies a list of parts needed by the first user and automatically generates a request for quote (RFQ) using the information extracted from the estimate. The part location system then sends the RFQ to suppliers via the communication network. Subsequently, the part location system receives quotations from at least one of the suppliers via the communication network in response to the RFQ and presents the quotations received in response to the RFQ to a repair facility via the communication network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Jay F. Scruton, Orson P. Davis, Deathe Davis
  • Publication number: 20130282510
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are described for splitting user-lists. A described technique includes obtaining a master user-list, the master user-list including object identifiers that are respectively associated with web clients; obtaining a splitting factor that controls a splitting of the master user-list; creating a reduced user-list from the master user-list based on the splitting factor such that the reduced user-list maintains a statistical fidelity of the master user-list, the reduced user-list including fewer than all of the object identifiers included in the master user-list; and providing the reduced user-list.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Raghava Hassan Nanjunda Swamy, Xun Liu, Anurag Agarwal, Oren Eli Zamir
  • Publication number: 20130282513
    Abstract: A system and method for turning a buyer into a prospective seller in an electronic marketplace. After the buyer enters into a binding agreement to purchase an item, the buyer is provided with an option of re-listing the purchased item for resale. The purchased item is re-listed if the buyer opts to re-list it. An ecommerce listing to sell the purchased item is automatically generated based on the previous listing. The user only needs to provide the selling price to complete the listing. The purchased item can be re-listed in the same marketplace where the item was purchased or in a different marketplace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: ANDREW ALTSCHULER
  • Publication number: 20130282511
    Abstract: An online system and method for a computer or web-based system enabling users to estimate, schedule, and purchase a variety of home-related services from a trusted group of professional contractors. The system manages a list of prescreened, reputable, and local contractors. Through the present invention, consumers may find local contractors, obtain real time competitively priced quotes from contractors for their services, schedule work to be preformed, and pay or finance the cost of the service. Contractors may also purchase subscriptions tied to U.S. postal codes or zip codes from which they will receive all leads of consumers needing services originating from that postal code for the services they offer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Shawn Mitchell, Nick Mormann
  • Publication number: 20130282512
    Abstract: A method of selecting a real estate company using a computer-based network (100) to sell a property asset of a vendor or vendor representative, the method including the steps of obtaining information from the vendor or representative about the asset using information entry means (200) available from a server (104) in the computer-based network (100) and storing the information on the server (104); referring a plurality of agencies in the vicinity of the location of the property asset to be sold; enabling the referred agencies to assess the value of the asset; obtaining a tender submission from the referred agencies using tender submission entry means (600) available from the server (104) in the computer-based network (100); enabling the vendor or representative to review each tender submission; and the vendor or representative selecting an agency from the referred agencies to sell the asset based on the reviewed tender submissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Real Estate Agent Select Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Antony David Summerfield
  • Publication number: 20130282509
    Abstract: A sales lead generation system for a company in a service industry is disclosed. The sales lead generation system may comprise a master database for storing information for customers of the company, and a mobile device for communicating sales lead information for service work to the master database. The sales lead information may include identifying information for the customers and at least one media file indicating an anomaly condition at a location of the customer. A related method and computer-readable medium are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: YOUNG ELECTRIC SIGN COMPANY
    Inventors: Warren G. Strong, Cody T. Ahlquist, Shawn A. Hall
  • Patent number: 8566214
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and apparatus for providing reverse auction services are provided. A reverse auction request for transportation or a reverse auction request for delivery is received from a communications device. Geographical location information of an origination location and a destination location for the reverse auction request for transportation or delivery is received from the communications device. The reverse auction request for transportation or delivery is transmitted. Bids to the reverse auction request for transportation or delivery are received. The bids to the request for transportation or delivery are transmitted to the communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Craig Cavanaugh, Ben Balsley
  • Publication number: 20130275253
    Abstract: A system and method for conducting electronic business between buyers and sellers is provided. The system and method disclose a means for at least one buyer to request and receive online bids from one or more sellers of a particular product according to a price curve or price schedule. A price schedule or curve for a product defining a product's unit price as a function of the volume of product ordered. Upon receipt of a plurality of bids from sellers, a buyer can then select a seller-supplier based at least in part on the price schedule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory J. Mesaros
  • Publication number: 20130275252
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed that provides an exchange marketplace for the use of vacation properties and other assets such as airplanes, yachts, etc. An inventory of items available for purchase or auction, each representing a use of an asset, is maintained. Auction bids or offers to purchase items in the inventory may be made either by offering to pay cash or by offering in trade a new item also representing use of an asset. An equivalent cash value is determined for new items offered in trade, and the transaction allowed to proceed if the determined value of the new item offered equals or exceeds the price of current bid of the item sought. The system thus allows for maximum flexibility in renting and trading the use of vacation properties and other assets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Demeure Operating Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Gregory David Martin, Benjamin Charles Kirkham Morris, Robert Barlow-Busch, Peter John Schwartz, James Joseph Murphy
  • Publication number: 20130268388
    Abstract: A quotation service platform customer service calls comprises a mobile device in wireless communication with a remote server. The server tracks the progress of the service call, provides a quotation for specified products to be installed, generates and delivers a contract to the device and supports scheduling of an installation. The server also provides a records management utility accessible from the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: Peak Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Walker, Kit Lee
  • Publication number: 20130268389
    Abstract: A system and method for a supplier to offer multiple products to a first person and multiple pre-owned products to a second person is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Andrew S. Van Luchene, Deirdre O'Shea
  • Publication number: 20130262258
    Abstract: Systems and methods for selecting a tax professional. In an embodiment, one or more search criteria are received from a user. In addition, rating information is generated and associated with each of a plurality of professional users. The plurality of professional users may be filtered based on the one or more search criteria and the rating information to identify a subset of one or more professional users. The identified subset of one or more professional users is then provided to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Kathleen Jennings
  • Patent number: 8548871
    Abstract: A system and method for allocating conditional purchase offers (CPO) among a plurality of agency-based and broadcast-based sellers in a buyer-driven commerce system. In one embodiment, the system determines which agency-based or broadcast-based sellers can fulfill or satisfy the CPO and orders those sellers in a priority order. In another embodiment, the priority is determined by relative market share and number of recent opportunities to satisfy the CPO. In another embodiment, the priority is also determined by metrics and buyer information. In another embodiment, the priority is determined randomly. The system ensures that when a buyer can satisfy the CPO at multiple prices levels, the highest price level fulfills the CPO. This ensures maximum seller revenue for each CPO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Priceline.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Thomas M. Sparico, Robert S. Wisse
  • Patent number: 8548868
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for buyers to specify goods and services then aggregate demand to reduce price and minimize seller surplus. This enables consumers and small organizations to specify and obtain goods and services on terms usually available only to large organizations. An author can draft a RFQ or RFP then solicit comments and endorsements from opinion leaders who influence demand. The author will then publish the RFQ or RFP globally to prospective buyers to solicit binding commitments then offer the RFQ or RFP globally to prospective sellers to solicit binding bids. As the bid price declines the number of buyers will increase motivating a further reduction in bid price. The author can accept or reject each bid or make a counter-offer. If a bid is accepted, payment is exchanged for the specified goods and services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Lawrence
  • Publication number: 20130254059
    Abstract: Embodiments of computer-implemented systems and methods for listing on a marketplace an item, or batch-listing a plurality of items, previously stored on a mobile device. One example embodiment comprises receiving a request from the mobile device for a price estimate for the prospective sale of an item or a plurality of items and subsequently receiving a request to list the item or a plurality of items. The listing process may include receiving images of one or more items, receiving data associated with the one or more items, and using the data, listing the one or more items on the marketplace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Seng Tien Jonathan Teo
  • Publication number: 20130254010
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods that give selling actors the abilities and means to sell products and services by providing dynamic offers to buying actors subject to buying actors locations and information received by a selling actor sever. Systems, apparatus and methods that give selling actors the abilities and means to acquire information from the environment in the proximity of mobile device holders and use this information to generate dynamic offers on a selling actor server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Claudia Violeta Letca, Simona Predescu
  • Publication number: 20130254060
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assisting a consumer in negotiating with a plurality of sellers for the purchase of products and/or services are provided. A consumer provides search criteria for generating a list of potential sellers to participate in the negotiations. From this list, the consumer selects a plurality of sellers to receive invitations to participate in the negotiations. Invitations are then sent to each of the sellers selected by the consumer inviting each of the sellers to participate in the negotiations. Each of the sellers may opt-in or opt-out of the negotiations. Once all sellers have opted-in or opted-out, either directly or indirectly, the negotiations with the sellers that have opted-in begin. During a pre-determined time period, each of the participating sellers may update quotes for the purchase of the product. At the end of the time period, the consumer may select the winning seller and complete the transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20130254061
    Abstract: A method and a system to automatically coordinate remote inspectors are provided. Initially, a listing is identified for remote inspection in an online publication system. The listing may describe an item for sale that is, in turn, associated with a geographical location and a category. One or more remote inspectors are identified based on the geographical location and the category associated with the item for sale. The listing and respective profiles of each of the one or more remote inspectors is published to a buyer. A selection of a selected remote inspector is received from the buyer. A template inspection report is provided to the selected remote inspector. Once the remote inspector has inspected the item for sale, the buyer is provided a completed inspection report received from the selected remote inspector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Danny Chang, Blaji Thallam Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 8543470
    Abstract: System and method for availability based on limited-time offerings and transactions. One embodiment of the present invention provides a system and method that, based on a set of known preferences and historic transactions with customers, culls from a customer database those customers most likely to close a transaction in a short time. The selected customers are notified of the offer, and the system processes the customers responses in a timely manner, and thus allow fleeting inventories to be sold off before they expire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Rearden Commerce, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Grady, Mark Orttung
  • Patent number: 8543469
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving the liquidity and distribution network for luxury and other illiquid items are provided. These systems and methods preferably include the trading of futures and options contracts, which will provide the liquidity and distribution network for luxury items. Possible embodiments of these systems and methods include the trading of futures and options contracts for diamonds and wine. Another embodiment of this invention preferably includes generating indexes for diamond prices, wine prices, luxury item prices, housing values, mortgage prepayments, privately-held companies or for anything with from sufficiently liquid points of value. Another embodiment of this invention preferably includes a centralized data base for retrieving closing and current auction prices for determining the value of, and best method for the auctioning of various items. The data provided by this data base would improve liquidity by creating greater price transparency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: BGC Partners, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy H. Heaton, Howard W. Lutnick
  • Publication number: 20130246212
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a trade-in price quotation to a first mobile device and comparing the first mobile device against a second mobile device. The system receives from the first mobile device a quote and compare request including information associated with a characteristic of each of the mobile devices. The system receives a mobile device value amount for the first mobile device based upon the information associated with the characteristic of the first mobile device, calculates a trade-in price quotation based upon the mobile device value amount for the first mobile device, and receives a retail price of the second mobile device based upon the information associated with a characteristic of the second mobile device, to calculate a net price of the second mobile device, and sends the trade-in price quotation and the net price to the first mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: CLOVER TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Flinn SULLIVAN
  • Publication number: 20130246211
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a trade-in price quotation to a mobile device. The system receives from the mobile device a quote request including information associated with at least one characteristic of the mobile device, such as the make and model of the mobile device. The system interprets the information to identify the at least one characteristic of the mobile device and sends the at least one characteristic to a pricing database that returns a mobile device value amount based at least in part upon the at least one characteristic of the mobile device. The system calculates a trade-in price quotation based upon at least the mobile device value amount and sends the trade-in price quotation to the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Flinn Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20130246213
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, and including a method for providing content. The method comprises receiving a query from a client device, and responsive to the query, identifying search results including one or more resources. The method further comprises, for at least one resource, determining, a size of a data transfer required to access the one resource. The method further comprises providing the search results including providing a label associated with the one resource indicative of a rate-sensitive cost to download the item including determining a true cost to download the item from at least one carrier, determining a price sensitivity of the user or a group of users to which the user belongs based on an evaluation of historical information for downloads and costs incurred for each, and calculating the rate-sensitive cost based on the true cost and determined price sensitivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Lee, Gregory M. Hecht
  • Publication number: 20130238462
    Abstract: Various systems and methods that may relate to referral and/or delivery services are described. Some embodiments may include communication using a payment processing device. Various other embodiments are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: CFPH, LLC
    Inventor: Howard W. Lutnick
  • Patent number: 8533051
    Abstract: A computerized system for sale of products having non pre-catalogued parameters in a multi-lingual environment wherein a buyer and a seller communicate in different languages, the system including a non pre-catalogued parameter database, a listing engine operative to prompt in a first language a listing seller to enter multiple non pre-catalogued parameters relating to a product being listed and to store the non pre-catalogued parameters in the non pre-catalogued parameter database and a non pre-catalogued multiple language parameter description engine which is operative to provide human-readable descriptions of the non pre-catalogued parameters in at least one language other than the first language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Nir Platek
  • Patent number: 8533063
    Abstract: A bid processing system receives a project description and a baseline estimate for the project. The project is opened for bidding to multiple potential bidders. Each of the potential bidders have access to the project description and the baseline estimate for the project. The bid processing system receives multiple bids for the project and calculates a bid value associated with each of the multiple bids. The system then determines a best bid value from the plurality of received bids and awards the project to the bidder associated with the best bid value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Alacrity Renovation Services, LLC
    Inventor: Warren D. Erickson
  • Publication number: 20130232002
    Abstract: A present invention embodiment provides a system for connecting service seekers with service providers in order for the service providers to perform a desired service. The system handles service requests and comprises a computer system including at least one processor. The system receives one or more service requests from service seekers requesting performance of a service. Service providers that provide the requested services are identified based on at least the current location of the service providers relative to the location for performing the requested service. The system further facilitates communication between the service seekers and the identified service providers. Embodiments of the present invention further include a method and computer program product for handling service requests in substantially the same manner described above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Yong Zhao, Yi Zhao, McEvan Baum
  • Publication number: 20130226725
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described relating to systems for responding to RFPs and processes for making the same. The systems can include a container storing multiple recordable media containing information for responding to an RFP. The recordable media can be of different types. The information stored in each recordable media can be the same or only a portion of the information stored in each recordable media can be the same. The container and recordable media can be configured to identify the recipient of the system using, for example, colors, logos, words, structures, or the like (or combinations thereof).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Barclays Bank Delaware
    Inventors: Michael J. Melone, Jeanne McManaman
  • Publication number: 20130226727
    Abstract: An automated bid management process speeds up the comparison of product pricing from multiple suppliers. The process and system of the present invention can determine the optimal order combination to result in the greatest savings to the buyer. The bid management process allows suppliers to submit their pricing directly into an application. Buyers have the ability to create a personal marketplace within the system and have select suppliers bid for their business. Submitting the orders can be fully automated and the application can provide controls and reporting system to allow full control and personalization of the process. The system and methods can take all the predetermined information in the system, such as minimum orders, delivery data, buyer preferences, and the like, and automatically award the order to the supplier(s) that offer the greatest savings to the buyer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Sebastian J. Serra
  • Publication number: 20130226726
    Abstract: Purchasing, redemption and settlement systems and methods are provided to communicate with a buyer to establish a first price for a product. The purchasing system may also arrange for the buyer to take possession of the product at a retailer, different from the seller, that offers the product for sale at a second price. The buyer provides a payment, based on the first price, to the purchasing system in exchange for the right to take possession of the product at the retailer. The purchasing system transmits redemption information to the buyer. The redemption information may include information that enables the creation of a voucher to be used when taking possession of the product. The purchasing system may also receive information related to an attempt by the buyer to take possession of the product from the retailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Andrew S. Van Luchne, Magdalena M. Fincham, Danield E. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 8521611
    Abstract: Articles such as compact discs or electronic files are traded among a plurality of members who are registered in a common community. Each member has an account including a trading credit balance and a mailing address. A user interface is provided that allows a member to enter articles that the member owns and is willing to trade and articles that the member wants to own. The user interface also receives article trading instruction messages. An administration computer hosts the plurality of members and facilitates article trades among the members. The administration computer identifies matches between owned and wanted articles. A priority algorithm is used to select the member who will receive the article if there is more than one member who wants an article that another member owns and is willing to trade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Vu Nguyen, Anselm P. Baird-Smith, William A. Alvarado, John P. Cogan, Carole K. Alvarado
  • Patent number: 8521549
    Abstract: A method of recommending vendors to bid on a print job may include identifying a print job for which a recommendation of vendors to bid on the print job is desired and identifying one or more vendors as potential bidders for the print job. The method may include, for each identified vendor, determining, by a computing device, a bidding probability associated with the vendor, a winning probability associated with the vendor, a recommendation probability associated with the vendor, and identifying the vendor as a recommended vendor based on the associated recommendation probability. The method may include notifying a user of the recommended vendors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Wei Peng, Shi Zhao, Sudhendu Rai, David Thomas Ashby
  • Publication number: 20130218711
    Abstract: A business object model, which reflects data that is used during a given business transaction, is utilized to generate interfaces. This business object model facilitates commercial transactions by providing consistent interfaces that are suitable for use across industries, across businesses, and across different departments within a business during a business transaction. In some operations, software creates, updates, or otherwise processes information related to a customer quote and/or a customer quote request business object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Heidi Johann, Thomas Steiner, Bernd Ecker, Martin Dauer, Steffen Tatzel, Ulrich Bestfleisch, Berthold Wocher, Ingo Pfitzner, Sascha Zimmermann, Markus Wolf
  • Patent number: 8515822
    Abstract: A method and system for auctioning or sales of deliverable items via the Internet permit customers to purchase or bid on items. Delivery of the item is first scheduled to a first bidder or purchaser and then in response to a second bidder or purchaser's bid or purchase, may be rescheduled for delivery to the second bidder or purchaser. A replacement item may be offered to a losing bidder and in the case of a purchase, may be automatically scheduled for delivery to a purchaser whose item has been re-scheduled for delivery to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventors: Charles D. Angert, Andrew Mitchell Harris
  • Patent number: 8515824
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments of the present invention, methods and systems disclosed herein provide for negotiating product purchase with an electronic device. An example method includes acquiring product data from a product. The method also includes determining purchase offer information based on the product data. Further, the method includes negotiating purchase of the product based on the purchase offer information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dean F. Herring, Brad M. Johnson, Adrian X. Rodriguez, Jeffrey J. Smith
  • Patent number: 8510174
    Abstract: Products and processes are provided in which information is received about a post relating to an item to be sold via a posting site. A posting payment award is determined. The posting payment award may be determined by calculating a posting payment amount. The posting award is provided in the form of a prominent feature of the post on the posting site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Andrew S. Van Luchene, Deirdre O'Shea, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Dean Alderucci
  • Patent number: 8504435
    Abstract: A method on a server for managing sales activities and group buying offers for a plurality of users over a communications network is disclosed. The method includes receiving sales transaction data from the users, receiving recruit enrollment data from the users, processing the sales transaction data and the recruit enrollment data to generate aggregate data pertaining to sales, transmitting the aggregate data to the users, receiving a group buying offer, transmitting the group buying offer to the users, receiving acceptances of the group buying offer, calculating a number of acceptances of the group buying offer, effectuating a sale of the product or service of the group buying offer to each of the users who accepted the offer, if the number of acceptances of the group buying offer is greater than a minimum number, and attributing a particular sale to a recruiter, so as to award a commission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Fragmob, LLC
    Inventor: Jade Makani Roberge Charles